Department of Education and Training Communication Workshops

Department of Education and Training Communication Workshops

This workshop series is a joint initiative of the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre (CPEC) and the Department of Education and Training (DET) Victoria.  CPEC would like to acknowledge the support of, and funding provided by, the Department of Education & Training.  Both CPEC and DET are committed to providing professional development opportunities for education and health professionals supporting children and young people with complex communication needs.

Throughout October and November 2018, three different free workshops will be presented specifically designed for speech pathologists and teachers working with students with complex communication needs. All three workshops will explore the use of Alternative and Augmentative Communication in the school environment.

Registration for these events are necessary and can be completed at the bottom of this page.

Workshop 1: Whole Communication Approach in Schools

Presented by: TBA
Relevant to: speech pathologists, teachers and other professionals working with students with complex communication needs

This workshop will be presented in two different formats, one face-to-face in Melbourne and one via video conference.

Communication is complex and unpredictable. Opportunities to communicate for all people are constantly occurring and we choose the most efficient and effective strategy to communicate in each moment as it occurs. For the student with Complex Communication Needs (CCN), they require a range of different Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies to use at different times. No single strategy will be the most efficient or appropriate for all communication opportunities, therefore a range of communication strategies need to be implemented, taught and always available to the student. This multi-modal approach is known as Whole Communication. As speech pathologists and educators we have to teach and implement these different strategies to a range of students with varying needs. This presents a number of challenges in an already busy school environment. So, how do we balance the needs of all students and work toward autonomous communication for all?

Workshop 2: Building Communication Communities

Presented by: TBA
Relevant to: therapists, teachers and leadership teams in specialist schools

The need to develop school communities that support all students to learn to autonomously communicate is well recognised, and specific processes have now been suggested to support the creation of communication accessible school communities. This workshop will outline these factors and provide a forum to explore AAC interventions to support the development of more communication accessible school communities. Experiences gained via school community interventions targeting the knowledge, judgement and skills of school leadership teams, teachers, therapists, support personnel, peers and families will be shared. Educational opportunities that have been found to shift school community understanding of the importance of and possibilities for communication autonomy for students who have complex communication needs will also be demonstrated.
This workshop is suitable for anyone aiming to more effectively support students with complex communication needs in specialist environments.

Workshop 3: Students with Complex Communication Needs – Where to from here?

Presented by: TBA
Relevant to: speech pathologists supporting students with complex communication needs in local schools
Prerequisite: Whole Communication Approach in Schools Workshop

This is a follow up workshop to the Whole Communication Approach in Schools workshop. It will revisit AARCH, building upon the shared understanding of Autonomy, Accessibility, Requirements, Competence and Habits for students with complex communication needs. This workshop will explore ways to interact with a child’s family and school to understand and support the use of AAC. It will explain the importance of having a transdisciplinary team to support children with CCN and provide specialist resources for support and training of AAC.