NCSC Communication Toolkit


This series was produced by the University of Kentucky in partnership with the National Center State Collaborative (NCSC). The contents of this product were developed under a grant from the Department of Education.

Target Audience: special education teachers working in K-12 classrooms

The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) recently approved the NCSC Tool Kit for Continuing Education Units (CEUS) for speech language pathologists.  Speech Language Pathologist can now earn up to 3 hours of CEU credit for completing the course and the final quiz through December of 2018.  The course is administered at no charge by the University of Kentucky, College of Health Sciences in collaboration with University of Kentucky Human Development Institute.  In order to receive credit, you will need to provide your name and your ASHA membership number. Please also indicate on the form whether or not you use the ASHA CE registry.

School personnel, other than Speech Language Pathologists, may also use the learning management system and receive a certificate documenting the number of hours of participation. It is important to note however, that approval for CEUS by agencies other than the ASHA is the responsibility of the user.

The National Center and State Collaborative developed the Communication Tool Kit as a professional development resource for teachers and speech language pathologists serving students with disabilities who do not or do not yet use oral speech. This series of seven modules and an introductory Call to Action identifies the important features of high quality communication intervention. Communication intervention is essential for students who currently do not use oral speech and do not have regularized communication systems to access to the general curriculum in school.


This series of professional development modules focuses on basic elements of supporting communication and language development in students who do not use oral speech and who also may have intellectual disabilities.

Not only is communication an essential building block for the development of language REQUIRED for access to the general curriculum, communication is an essential life skill.  Student health and safety depends on the extent to which students have regularized gestures, symbols, and augmented or alternative forms of communication.  Now more than ever before, technological enhancements make the goal of communication and language development achievable.