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Summer Symposium - Children and Youth with Complex Communication Needs

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Facilitator(s): Shaun Pearson
Melanie Sicotte
Date:August 27, 2019
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
No charge
(Coffee/Tea and Water will be available but participants will be responsible for their own travel, accommodation and Lunch.)
Location: Calgary (Highfield)
3610 9 St SE, Calgary, AB
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Course code: 19-IE-522

Target Audience

Educators and Professionals working with Children and Youth with Complex Communication Needs (CCN)

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The Symposium is designed for teachers and teams who will be new to supporting children or youth with CCN in the 2019/2020 school year.

About this learning opportunity

Children and youth with complex communication needs (CCN) benefit from assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication to support communication and language development. Students who have complex communication needs are unable to communicate effectively using speech alone. They and their communication partners may benefit from using alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) methods, either temporarily or permanently.

AAC systems of communication do not rely on speech. Children and youth who require AAC may have some speech but not enough to meet their daily needs. AAC systems may be used to augment existing communication skills or provide an alternative to speech.

The Calgary and Area Regional Collaborative Service Delivery CCN Working Group is offering this Summer Symposium in Calgary to staff new to working with children and youth with CCN.

This one day session led by Shaun Pearson and Melanie Sicotte, Speech Language Pathologists with Renfrew Educational Services, will provide you with a broad array of hands-on activities, practical knowledge and skills development to promote academic success for your students. Classroom supports appropriate for ECS through high school classrooms will be discussed.

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)


Melanie Sicotte trained to become a Speech Language Pathologist at McGill University. She is currently a member of Renfrew Educational Services’ multi-disciplinary specialty Assistive Technology (AT) Team supporting students 2.5 to 19 years old attending independent and public schools and their families and school teams.

Melanie has strong interests in the areas of: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) use by preschoolers and emerging communicators; mentoring AAC specialists, teachers and generalist therapists who work with children and youth using AAC; capacity building for the adults, children and youth in the lives of AAC-using children and youth; AAC and Autism Spectrum Disorder; and advocating for AAC and AT services for children and youth and their families and classroom teams.


Shaun Pearson is a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist for Renfrew Educational Services. He is passionate about helping his clients of all ages improve their communication skills.

Shaun obtained his Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from McGill University. He has since demonstrated a devotion to ongoing professional development, by attending a variety of conferences and workshops on a regular basis. 

Shaun is also enthusiastic about providing consultation and training on a range of topics, particularly those related to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).