Course curriculum

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    Course content

    • PowerPoint

    • Language and Communication Profiling and Planning for Multimodal Multilingual Communicators

    • Quiz

    • Evaluation

    • Continuing Education Credits

Course information

Course description: This presentation provides a detailed explanation of a school-based approach to the development and implementation of language profiles and planning for multimodal multilingual communicators. This overview includes considerations for Deaf learners utilizing AAC, diverse populations, and complex communicators.


5 minutes: What is multimodal multilingual communication?

5 minutes: Who uses multimodal multilingual communication? (Discussion of diverse populations)

5 minutes: What is Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC)?

10 minutes: How do students utilize a multimodal multilingual approach to communication?

5 minutes: How do we support language development utilizing this approach?

10 minutes: Development of Communication Profile and Language Planning 

10 minutes: Case study example and mock profile

10 minutes: Language Planning & Allocation Plans

10 minutes How to implement & supply multimodal multilingual communication in classrooms (programmatic considerations as well as instructional methods/techniques/strategies)

10 minutes: Overview process of transitioning our school building to multimodal multilingual communication approach; year 1 Communication Profile/Language Planning implementation

10 minutes: Future plans for language planning at SFDS

Learner outcomes:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify what prior knowledge team members need to have prior to completing a Language Profile and Plan

  2. Summarize the purpose of a Language Allocation Plan

  3. List the variety of receptive and expressive communication & language modes


Jodi Falk

Dr. Jodi Falk began working at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in August 2019.   Her education, work and research experience are in field of Language, Literacy, Professional Development, Deaf and Special Education. In addition to working in the school setting, Dr. Falk has been an academic, presenting her work at professional conferences, teaching graduate level courses, and writing studies for peer reviewed journals. Dr. Falk received her BA in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University and both her MA and PhD degrees in the Education of the Deaf from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has also received a PD in School District Administration from the College of New Rochelle and attended Gallaudet University’s Family Center Early Education program.

Janelle Brown

Janelle is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist ,a certified Teacher of Students with Speech and Language Disabilities, and a certified School Building Leader. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Speech Language Pathology at Howard University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Spelman College. Janelle holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Janelle has been practicing speech-language pathology for 14 years, in a variety of settings including pre-school, elementary/middle school, and high school. Janelle currently serves as the Communication and Language department supervisor at St. Francis de Sales for the Deaf in Brooklyn.

Speaker disclosures

Financial disclosures: Jodi is the Executive Director of St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf in Brooklyn and is receiving royalties for this course. Janelle is a full time employee of St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf and is receiving royalties for this course.

Nonfinancial disclosures: Jodi is a member of the American Educational Research Association and the Council for Exceptional Children, in both the Division of Communication, Language, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DCD) and The Division of Visual Impairment and DeafBlindness (DVIDB). She also serves on the Advisory Board of Iona College’s Interdisciplinary Advanced Certificate in Deafness. Janelle is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association.

Continuing Education

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs.