This workshop is intended for professionals who want to learn how to communicate with individuals who do not speak or who are considered “non-verbal.” The presenters will discuss adaptations to account for individuals who do not speak, use gestures, use a communication device, or speak few words. Through this workshop, participants will have increased understanding of verbal behavior and communication methods; increased knowledge of communication considerations when interviewing someone who does not speak; and learn reliable and legally defensible techniques that can be applied in forensic interviews.
Participants will have increased understanding of verbal behavior and how people who do not speak communicate
Participants will have increased knowledge of and be able to name common biases regarding communicating with children who do not speak
Participants will learn basic introductory skills of how to conduct a legally defensible forensic interview with someone who does not speak