Webinar: Supporting autonomous communication
July 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm AEST$29
What Are They Really Thinking? Finding Genuine Interaction and Supporting Autonomy When the Words Aren’t There Yet
Presented by Janelle Sampson
When a child or person has limited verbal speech, it can seem impossible to hear what they are really thinking. Hearing their thoughts and giving choice and control when they find it hard to tell you their ponderings and preferences can be an ongoing challenge.
You may have heard about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), but often it just seems like another therapy activity rather than an opportunity to chat, bond and empower your child. It doesn’t have to be like this. All children (even adult ones) need something special from their parents. Something that teachers and therapists can never give. AAC can help you to do this if we go beyond the traditional way that we have only used it for choice making in the past.
This presentation will give an overview of AAC as a tool for interaction and self expression for those who have limited verbal speech. It will focus on the interactions that are important for families rather than just learning and practicing symbol use to achieve therapy goals.