Encouraging Today

Encouraging Today

Encouraging Today is the third cluster of concepts for the Consider Communication project.

These are strategies and ideas to support and strengthen a person's current communication methods.

a raised fist

Have Courage

It can feel intimidating when you are told that you need to learn a new skill. We’ve all taken new…
A person relaxing on the floor

No Worries

Think about the last time you had to give a presentation in class or defend your opinion to your supervisor.…
a person standing next to steps with a star at the top

Add One More Step

How do we facilitate the expansion of someone’s communication skills? We do this by staying one step ahead of their…
Two people - One is holding up a paper.

You Are A Model

An 18-month-old child has been exposed to 4,380 waking hours of oral language. A typical AAC user, exposed to modeling,…
A person in the middle of a circle with many arrows pointing outward

Creating Chances

How can we purposely create space and time for a person to communicate? Share space and attention with the person…
the infinity sideways "8"

All the Time & Everywhere

Most of us take talking for granted. Most of us only lose our voice when we’re sick. Most of us…
two people in a circle with a chain link

Making a Connection

The following information is from business and leadership publications. This information is not disability specific. The cool thing is that…
friends with arm on shoulder

I Like You.

People who can’t speak can still understand much of what happens around them. They can tell if you connect with,…
two people with arrows pointing back and forth

About Consider Communication

Consider Communication is a project developed to support people with complex communication needs.

The intended consumers of these activities and ideas include but is not limited to:

  • family members
  • direct support providers
  • friends
  • educators
  • health workers
  • people with complex communication needs
  • other interested people

The ideas and concepts that anchor Consider Communication are on this website.

Activities include a full-day learning opportunity as well as follow-up small group video talks.

Developed by

The content has been developed and curated by

Kim Singleton, MS, CCC-SLP

Kathryn Helland, MA CCC-SLP

Kathy Beatty, MA CCC-SLP


Made possible by

The Consider Communication project is made possible through a collaboration between Pennsylvania's Office of Developmental Programs and the TechOWL @ Institute on Disabilities @ Temple University.

TechOWL - Technology for Our Whole Lives is a combination of statewide assistive technology programs including the Assistive Technology Act Program for Pennsylvania.