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An Introduction to AAC: Getting started with communication technology


29th February, 2024 (4:00pm - 5:00pm)

£30 per individual.

60 minute Online Learning workshop.

AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) includes a range of supports for communication such as printed symbols and communication boards, digital resources, simple to more complex communication aids; Big Macks, Go Talks, AAC apps and other voice output devices. They can support individuals with communication support needs, who may be non-verbal, to have a voice.

The purpose of this workshop is to explore a range of AAC options and how to match them to the needs of learners with communication support needs from conditions such as ASD, learning disability, sensory and genetic conditions, cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities. The focus will be on identifying, setting up and using simple single, stepped and multi-message talkers, and iPads with starter communication apps. We will also reference associated printed symbol resources and discuss alternative access methods when touch control is difficult.

Joanna will demonstrate CALL Scotland’s free-to-use resources and discuss practical strategies for using them within different curricular activities, equipping staff with the skills to start using AAC in a group setting and with individual learners, to promote inclusive educational experiences.

This course was held on the 29th February, 2024 but you can still purchase a recording of the session.
You'll also receive all the resources that were sent out with the course.

What you will learn

  • The rationale for using AAC to support communication, participation and learning.
  • How to use printed communication resources and simple starter communication aids.
  • How to use simple communication apps and digital resources.
  • Useful accessibility settings and access methods.
  • Where to find freely available further training and resources.

Who is the course aimed at?

  • ASN Teachers, Support for Learning Teachers.
  • Special School Teachers, Pupil Support Assistants.
  • Early Learning and Childcare Practitioners.
  • Speech and Language Therapists.

Meet your presenter(s)

Joanna Courtney
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

She has 18 years' experience of working in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, spending her first 7 years working in a Special School. She has an Honours degree (BSc) in Speech and Language Pathology from Queen Margaret University and her particular area of interest is enabling peer interaction and group opportunities for people who use AAC.

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