The mission of Communication by Design Specialists, LLC is to provide evidence-based interventions for individuals with severe communication disorders, autism, neurodiversity, or other pervasive developmental disabilities. CoDeS is dedicated to maximizing the potential for all clients to communicate, learn, and socialize, while offering training, information, resources and compassionate support to families, educators, and members of the community.
Communication by Design Specialists, LLC (CoDeS) is a private consultation practice based in Cuyahoga County in the State of Ohio. It was established by Dr. Vicki L. Turner in response to caregivers and professionals who appealed for support when attempting to assist individuals with severe communication disorders, autism, neurodiversity, and other pervasive developmental disabilities (PDDs).
As Speech Language Pathologists, Assistive Technologists, and Alternative-Augmentative Communication Specialists, Turner and partner, Carol L. Spears, utilize extensive professional experience, continuing education, and personal perspectives to provide evidenced-based intervention strategies that have been proven effective.
CoDeS provide interventions for individuals with autism, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), cognitive delay, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, specific language disability, developmental apraxia, and muscular dystrophy among other communication disorders. Customized treatment, as clients’ needs dictates, include alternative-augmentative communication (AAC), assistive technology, speech generating device support/training, and intervention planning. Services are provided to members of educational institutions as well as to individual families.
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Complete How-to Guide
Written by Carol L. Spears & Vicki L. Turner
The Definitive Guide to Alternative Augmentative Communication
and Learning Supports
at Home and School
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