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Teaching Movements for Communication Workshop

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Rooms 16 and 17

Gladys Newton School

93 Balga Avenue

Balga, WA 6061

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For some children with complex communication needs, it is the method of accessing the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) system that significantly affects their development of intelligible, autonomous communication. These children, who have significant physical and/or sensory challenges, often need to learn movements to access AAC systems.

This intensive five day workshop will provide participants with an in depth opportunity to explore the movement differences associated with cerebral palsy, other significant neurological movement impairments (eg Rett Syndrome, Prader Willi Syndrome), and severe sensory processing challenges. There will be a focus on identifying these posture and movement challenges in relation to their impact on communication development, assessment and intelligibility. A range of strategies and a process to teach movements for communication will be demonstrated.

Participants will develop their ability to:

- Observe and analyze the movement challenges for children with cerebral palsy (and like conditions) and severe sensory processing challenges
- Explain how to accommodate for challenging postural control
- Explain how to develop sensory & motor control of selective movements
- Teach movements for communication using gesture, light and high tech AAC systems
- Assess and teach movements for the operation of communication devices and technology
- Discuss the concept of parallel learning for light technology and high technology including the Stepping Stones to Switch Access (Burkhart) and eye gaze technology

Target audience:

Teams who are working with children who have severe physical and sensory challenges and are struggling to access augmentative communication systems, including: speech pathologists, educators, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, family members, school leadership and support personnel. It will also be of significant value to individual therapists, educators and family members.
It would be helpful, but not a requirement, for one of the members of the team to have previously attended an Introductory PODD training.

Presenters:

Claire Cotter (B.App Sc. (OT), Dip. CE Hon, OTR)) is a senior Occupational Therapist with 39 years’ experience in this field. She is the CEO and cofounder of the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre in Melbourne, Australia. She is committed to the best possible outcomes for families who are raising a child with cerebral palsy and other neurological disabilities. With expertise in teaching motor control, addressing sensory processing challenges, developmental play and technology for children with neurological impairments, she addresses the sensorimotor challenges to communication access. Claire coordinates a wide range of professional development opportunities across the sector and contributes to published research papers and online resources. She regularly presents papers and workshops.

Gayle Porter is a senior Speech Pathologist with 30 years hands on experience in the field working with people with complex communication needs. Gayle currently works at the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre in Melbourne, Australia. She also has a private practice working with both children and teenagers with complex communication needs in their schools. Gayle developed and has published resources on the Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) communication books and pages sets for speech generating devices. In addition, she has authored articles, publications and chapters on Augmentative and Alternative Communication and cerebral palsy. Gayle is a highly sought after international presenter.

Fiona Beauchamp is a Senior Occupational Therapist at the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre with over 12 years’ experience working with children and adults with physical disabilities and complex communication needs. Fiona also runs her own private practice supporting students at their local primary and secondary schools. She has completed further study (Diploma of Biomedical Science) investigating switch access and the development of motor skills for success in leisure and communication. Fiona has presented at a national and international level for conferences and workshops. She has expertise in teaching motor control, addressing sensory processing challenges and has specialized in access to and knowledge of technology solutions.

The workshop will be running on Monday 24th September, which is the Queen's Birthday Public Holiday.

If you have any questions or would like to register over the phone please contact ILC's Training and Events Officer on (08) 9381 0600 or training@ilc.com.au.

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