This workshop is a series of three online sessions. These are not three stand-alone sessions, they are intended for participants to complete all three in the series. Please note, when you register, you are registering to attend all three sessions on the following dates; Monday 21st March 2022 4-6pm, Monday 28th March 2022 4-6pm, Monday 4th April 2022 4-6pm.
Communication is complex and unpredictable. Opportunities to communicate for all people are constantly occurring and we choose the most efficient and effective strategy to communicate in each moment as it occurs. For the student with Complex Communication Needs (CCN), they require a range of different Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies to use at different times. No single strategy will be the most efficient or appropriate for all communication opportunities, therefore a range of communication strategies need to be implemented, and always available to the student. As speech pathologists and educators we have to implement these different strategies to a range of students with varying needs. This presents a number of challenges in an already busy school environment. So, how do we balance the needs of all students and work toward autonomous communication for all?
In this workshop we will:
· Discuss and explore the definition of autonomous communication.
· Discuss the theory behind effective ways of communication intervention with a range of students with CCN.
· Explore a range of AAC strategies and tools and their possible uses and purposes in a school environment.
· Update on current AAC technology and software available
· Identify opportunities to genuinely communicate across the school day.
· Provide practical solutions for use in and out of the classroom.
· Discuss possible tools and strategies for speech pathologists and teachers to gather information about their student’s communication requirements.
· Explore principles that guide effective AAC intervention.