Story Time with AAC

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About this course:

This program is an interactive, online 30 minute story time session, run by a speech pathologist with communication modelling throughout the session for younger people who use AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication).

These sessions promote the following:

  • All participants can greet the group and share their thoughts and ideas throughout the session, if they wish 
  • See other children, just like them, using communication books and devices. 
  • Parents/guardians get to practice modelling with their child and connect with other families

We don’t expect children to sit quietly and attend throughout! As children attend more sessions their levels of engagement and confidence to have a turn increases.

Different sessions for different AAC systems:

  • The speech pathologist will be using a specific communication system at each session 
  • These are shown in the times below. 
  • Book in for the session that best matches your child’s communication system, but if another time suits you better please still join in 
  • All communication systems are welcome!

Who is this course for?

This group is designed for children who use AAC to attend with the support of a parent, guardian or attendant.

Expected Outcomes

Participants will engage in shared book reading and have the opportunity to chat about the book with their peers

Participants will have the opportunity to practice communication initiation, turn-taking and movements for communication (e.g. waving hello, nodding and shaking head)

Adult participants will have the opportunity to practice modelling with child’s AAC system, by following examples modelled by speech pathologist

Group Purchase

Do you have more than one person who needs to do the training for your school or organisation? You can now purchase Group licenses – just click on the Bulk Buy button to get started.

Resources: Reading Books Aided Language Display

Presenters:

 

Amelia Edwards

Amelia Edwards is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist, with almost 10 years of experience working with individuals with complex communication needs across a range of settings. She provides individual and group therapy services, consultation to clinicians, workshops and training to individuals, schools and organisations.

Amelia has completed both the 2 Day Introductory and 5 Day Advanced Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) workshops.

In 2015, Amelia completed a PhD, which explored the experiences of parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in selecting interventions for their children.

Amelia has a particular interest in inclusive education and supporting the inclusion of students who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) within inclusive schooling environments. She is currently completing a Masters of Inclusive Education.  

Erin Morley

Erin is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist, completing her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Flinders University in 2017. Erin has a strong interest in supporting those with complex communication needs through Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

Erin has completed the 2 Day Introductory Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) and PODD Alternative Access and Speech Generating Devices workshops. She is also trained to present Easy English workshops. 

Erin provides individual and group therapy services and training to schools and organisations. In 2018, Erin became a member of the Communication Access team at Two Way Street. This team provides consultancy, training and resources to businesses and services in South Australia, to become accessible for individuals with communication challenges. These business are then able to be assessed and awarded the Communication Access symbol, licensed by Scope, Victoria.