Trainings & Workshops

for schools & organizations


Online trainings and workshops to support all educators, therapists, and family members, especially those around the IEP table. Learn evidence-based practice, inclusive teaching, universal design for learning, and effective communication strategies for children with complex communication and literacy needs.


  • Learn steps towards the inclusion of children with significant communication disorders.
  • Help peers with communication tools, especially AAC
  • Develop classroom routines that foster participation for students with significant communication delays
  • Excite all school/classroom members about AAC


  • Identify and describe the three types of augmentative communication systems
  • Learn how AAC systems can benefit ALL children with communication disorders
  • Create and customize AAC that works in your school or classroom
  • Describe essential communication partner skills that should be used throughout the day

AAC Evaluations

  • Create a team-based approach to exploring AAC
  • Use informal assessments, observations, and interviews to determine the next steps and appropriate AAC tools
  • Learn where and how to access AAC tools for trials
  • Take measurable data on AAC trials
  • Write AAC evaluations for teams or medical insurance companies

Core and Fringe Word Vocabulary

  • Define and explain core and fringe words
  • Describe the importance of these words for learning basic language
  • Develop activities and practice using words to improve student’s communication


Determine a 3-tiered systematic approach to AAC for your district including:

Tier 1: Universal communication board access to all students with a communication disability

Tier 2: Universal communication app/high-tech for all students that need more than a light-tech board

Tier 3: Individualized communication system or approach for students that did not adequately benefit from Tier 1 & 2 systems


  • Identify and describe assistive technology as defined by IDEA and the Rehabilitation Act
  • Describe AT to support student success in reading, writing, communication, and access
  • Create goals and accommodations that utilize AT to improve students’ progress


  • Learn activities and tools to support reading for students with complex needs
  • Coordinate use of AAC with shared reading experiences
  • Practice techniques to promote emergent writing skills
  • Create alternative pencils for children who cannot access traditional writing tools

parent iep basics

This training is specifically geared toward parents to understand the IEP process better.

  • Learn about rights as parents of a child receiving special education
  • Develop a strengths-based IEP
  • Think about long-term goals for a child’s success in school and life

See a full list of previous trainings and workshops by Dr. Dodge here.

Hi! I’m Dr. Cheri Dodge Chin.

I empower educators and families to help children with complex communication and learning needs. I’ve worked in public education for 20+ years as a speech-language pathologist and assistive technology consultant. I have a doctorate degree in speech-language pathology (with research in AAC training) and am currently a doctoral student in P-20 educational leadership. I am a published researcher, adjunct professor, and supporter of SLPs and educators all over the world.

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