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The Committee on Communication supports this work through its focus on the language, literacy, conversation and facilitation means used for the learning needs of children across the age span who have speech, language, and learning difficulties.

Committee Leader - Amanda Hopkins, MS CCC-SLP, Cert AVT

National Committee on Speech and Language Learning Disabilities in Children


Resources provided are seen in the MiDCDD October, 2017 Newsletter. To find up to date resources please check out our quarterly newsletter as a member of MiDCDD.

Home Plans for Speech Therapy Early Intervention

National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons With Severe Disabilities (NJC) - Communication Bill of Rights

Communication Matrix
“A free online assessment tool to help families and professionals easily understand the communication status, progress, and unique needs of anyone functioning at the early stages of communication or using forms of communication other than speaking or writing.” Also included on the site is a link to the Communication Matrix Community which allows families and professionals to connect and share information, research and support.

Under the direction of Dr. Karen Erickson and her team at the Center for Literacy and Disability at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Project-Core provides a wide variety of resources and supports implement a comprehensive core vocabulary approach to students with significant disabilities and complex communication needs.
Items currently available on their site:

  • Examples of a Universal set of core words including core vocabulary boards, partner assisted scanning boards and tactile symbols.
  • Professional Development Training Modules
  • A variety of implementation resources

Camp Information

Camp ALEC: Camp for kid using AAC. Campers participate in fun and motivating reading and writing activities in 1:1 and small group settings. Located in Grand Rapids, MI

Camp Shout Out: Summer camp for young people who stutter. Located in Muskegon, Michigan

Kaufman Children’s Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor and Social Connections: Intensive CAS summer program with apraxia expert Nancy Kaufman and intensive sensory integration programs with our occupational therapists. Located in West Bloomfield, Michigan

Bay Cliff Health Camp: A therapy and wellness camp for those with hearing, vision, speech, and orthopedic disabilities. Located in Big Bay, MI.

O.U.R. Camp: A camp for children ages 3-11 who have additional developmental needs. It is designed to develop social and cognitive skills during the summer months. Located in Northville, MI.

OUCARES: offers a variety of summer day camps for individuals on the autism spectrum ages 3 years old through adult. Located in Rochester, MI