Multi-Modal Communication in Schools

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Multi-Modal Communication in Schools - Three Part Workshop presented by Melissa Riepsamen, senior speech pathologist, CPEC

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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.

Workshop 1: Communication Development & AAC - Monday 9th November 4-6pm

Workshop 2: Multi-Modal Possibilities – Aided Language Systems - Monday 23rd November 4-6pm

Workshop 3: Considerations for Assessment and Intervention - Monday 30th November 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.

On completion of this workshop series participants will be able to:

· Discuss a range of AAC strategies and tools available for students with CCN.

· Discuss the evidence base and reasoning behind Aided Language Stimulation.

· Identify communication opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom and the strategies that may be most effective to communicate at those times.

· Implement a range of AAC strategies within a school environment with students with a range of complex communication needs.

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