Well-Being Without Words

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About this course

When we experience something exciting, worrying, uplifting, or upsetting, one of the first things we do is to talk about it. This helps us to make sense of it, ask the questions we need, and share it with others. Sharing helps us to understand our own feelings, the perspectives of others and to process things that happen to us and in the wider world. Communication with others is integral to emotional development and our overall well-being.

In this course we look at common strategies suggested to support emotional development  and well-being, and suggest adaptations for those who need additional communication support.

Who is this course for?

Mostly parents but also relevant information for teachers and service providers who are supporting parents of children/young people with complex communication needs.

Expected outcomes


  • The importance of communication in emotional development and well-being
  • What you can do to have better conversations and connection with your child/person – even for those more complex topics.

Service providers/educators:

  • The importance of communication in emotional development and well-being
  • Considerations for supporting parents who have children with communication challenges.

Simple strategies to engage in supported conversations with your students or clients about more complex topics, even for beginning or emergent communicators.


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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.

Downloadable resources for this course:

  • Talking about stuff to feel okay - Template
  • Talking about stuff to feel okay - Example
  • TWS Bedtime Chat Board
  • Talking about stuff ALD

Presenter bio:

Janelle Sampson is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and has worked for over 30 years in both Australia and Canada, predominantly with a focus on Augmentative and Alternative Communication. In 2011, she founded Two Way Street www.twowaystreet.com.au  in Adelaide where she provides workshops, consultation, peer mentoring,  individual intervention, and various other programs. Janelle has worked extensively with families,  in schools and with other organisations to support children and adults with complex communication needs.

Two Way Street is a rapidly growing Australian practice who provide a range of services to support people with communication challenges. These include face to face services and workshops, as well as online programs, webinars and partnerships with Scope Victoria to introduce Communication Access initiatives throughout South Australia.

 Janelle is also the author of the ROCC (Roadmap of Communicative Competence) Assessment www.roccassessment.com.au . She provides regular consultations and workshops around Australia for ROCC, PODD and other areas related to supporting people with communication challenges.

You can find out more about Janelle’s views on communication and read her blog posts at https://janellesampson.wordpress.com/