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Mrs. Trina M Becker

Mrs. Trina M Becker

Associate Professor; Director Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic

Office: 2310 - Human Services
Phone: 217-581-2712
Email: tmbecker@eiu.edu
Instructor since 2002 and tenured since 2010. Mrs. Becker is the Director of the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.  In addition, she supervises students in clinical practicum for CDS 4900 and 5900, as well as diagnostic practicum, CDS 5910. Mrs. Becker is an active member of the Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association (ISHA), and currently serves as the Continuing Education Administrator of ISHA. Mrs. Becker teaches CDS 2000 Introduction to Communication Disorders, CDS 3100 Phonological Assessment and Remediation, CDS 4815 Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and CDS 5090 Advanced Clinical Techniques. She specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and has done presentations at the local, state and national level on this topic. She has also co-chaired undergraduate and graduate research projects related to AAC. Previously, she worked full-time for a special education co-op providing speech-language therapy for children with special needs.

Frequently Taught Courses

CDS 2000 – Introduction to Communication Disorders
CDS 3100 - Phonological Assessment and Remediation
CDS 4815 – Augmentative and Alternative Communication
CDS 4900 – Undergraduate Clinical Practicum
CDS 5400 - Working with Families in Early Intervention
CDS 5400 - AAC for Beginning Communicators 
CDS 5900 – Graduate Clinical Practicum
CDS 5910 – Graduate Diagnostic Practicum

Education

B.A. Eastern Illinois University 1997 
M.S. Eastern Illinois University 1998

Professional Organizations

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Research

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) 
Literacy
Supervision
 

Selected Conference Presentations

Becker, T. & Leggitt, B. (2010, October 22)
“I + Want + That = Novel AAC Users”
Presented for Closing the Gap – International Assistive Technology Conference
Minneapolis, MN
 
Becker, T. & Schneider, H. (2010, October, 29)
“Emergent to Independent Communicators: Choosing Dynamic Goals”
Presented for Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference
Chicago, IL
 
Becker, T.  & Schneider, H. (2010, October, 30)
“Selecting, Implementing, and Monitoring AAC Goals for Communicative Success”
Presented for Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference, Chicago, IL

Becker, T. & Leggitt, B. (2011, February)
“I + Want + That = Novel AAC Users”
Presented at theIllinois Speech-Language Hearing Association Annual Conference
Rosemont, IL
 
Becker, T. (2011, October)
“Let’s Chat About AAC: Goal Selection and Intervention”
Presented for Four
Rivers Special Education District
Jacksonville, IL

Becker, T. (2013, March)
“AAC: Guide to Goal Selection & Intervention”
Presented for North DuPage Special Education Coop
Bloomingdale, IL
 
Becker, T. (2013, October)
“Core Words: Vocabulary for Success”
Presented for Four Rivers Special Education District
Jacksonville, IL
 
Becker, T. (2014, January)
“A Guide to Goal Selection and Intervention for AAC Users”
Presented for Winnebago County Special Education Cooperative
Rockford, IL
 
Becker, T. & Bergstrom, B.  (2014, February)
“Avoid Abandonment: Increase Successful AAC Use Through Communication Partner Training.”
Presented at the Illinois Speech-Language Hearing Association Annual Conference
Rosemont, IL
 
Becker, T. (2014, March)
“AAC Intervention Strategies for Linguistic Competency”
Live Webinar for SpeechPathology.com
 
Becker, T. (2014, April)
“AAC Intervention Strategies for Social Competency”
Live Webinar for SpeechPathology.com

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