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We have taught our learners to request and now they request all the time- even when what they want is not available! Parents and professionals sometimes struggle with indicating “no” and may even avoid doing so to prevent a meltdown. You may have been tempted to delete buttons from Speech Generating Device or pictures from communication books, but these actions are not ethical. During this live webinar we focus on how to teach our learners to calmly respond to “no.” Participants will leave with planning and implementation worksheets to create ethical, practical, and effective strategies for saying “no,” “not now", and “wait” independent of the learner’s expressive modality.


  • State the critical communication skill that must be in place prior to teaching the skills discussed
  • List three different strategies for visually representing “no” / “not now”
  • Contrast how two of these strategies could be used with a learner who can read/write and those who cannot
  • Describe the rationale for teaching a learner to tolerate a delay or denial of access to preferred items/activities