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Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Unit

Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Unit

This is a four day course which explores the needs of individuals with complex communication difficulties, critically evaluates the available range of AAC resources and strategies, and examines the issues of assessment, implementation, support and training.

Learning Objectives

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Recognise who can benefit from Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and understand the importance of a collaborative approach to identify the need and potential solutions
  2. Identify an individual who may benefit from AAC and describe their requirements of a communication system
  3. Critically evaluate a communication resource and the way it has been implemented
  4. Analyse and measure the current and potential impact of using an AAC system

Cost: £800

Areas of study:

Day 1 Vocabulary selection and organisation

This day will explore the different types of low tech communication resources, and considerations for language selection, organisation and message retrieval. Students will appraise the suitability of resources for different individuals.

Day 2 Key principles and assessment

This session will explore the key issues to consider when assessing for AAC and the importance of a team approach in this process. Access to low, light and high tech AAC resources will be discussed and assessment tools, policies and good practise guidelines will be shared.

Day 3 Teaching strategies and implementation

Consideration will be given to the wider range of AAC solutions and the skills of communication partners to support the implementation of these. Specific teaching strategies will be considered and when to move between low, light and high tech solutions. This session will also explore the implications of using AAC on literacy development.

Day 4 Case Studies and Measuring Outcomes

This session will focus on the ongoing cyclical process of assessment & implementation and the nature of support and training throughout this process. Students will share and appraise the suitability of resources for different individuals.

Course Dates (Oldham):
Day 1 18th October 2017
Day 2 29th November 2017
Day 3 31st January 2018
Day 4 7th March 2018

For further information, please contact Sara Dale on training@acecentre.org.uk or telephone her on 0161 358 0151 ext 203