This excellent resource makes this complex area of language development accessible to non-specialist staff. fAll those working in the field will appreciate the clear explanations and practical support and advice for those working and living with children at the pre-intentional and intentional stages of communication as far as beginning to use first words. The book explores a wide range of issues concerning children who have little or no means of expressing themselves verbally.
Language Builders for Complex Needs provides ideas for assessment and recording progress as well as detailed advice and practical activities. It is written for speech and language therapists, teachers, teaching assistants, pre-school practitioners and parents.
The book examines the characteristic communication skills, the interaction required and the thinking and play skills that need nurturing at each of the following stages:
Being able to anticipate events.
It also considers:
The link between play and language.
Total Communication – signs, symbols, Communication Passports, and briefly, Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
Using first words, ideas and phrases.
Communication Builders for AAC provides comprehensive information about the assessment and use of the whole range of AAC options. Andrea Kirton, co-author, is a highly specialist speech and language therapist but she writes this book in a style which makes this important information accessible to education practitioners, parents, carers, SLTs. It is the core reading material for the accredited course Supporting Adults and Children using AAC.
It’s a one-stop-shop to AAC!
Chapter 1: What is AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication)?
Why use AAC?
What Does AAC Include?
The AAC Team
Chapter 2: Assessment
Who might benefit from AAC?
Cause and effect skills
Social Communication Skills
Understanding of Spoken Language
The expressive-receptive gap
Visual SkillsAccess Method
Tools for Assessment
AAC Profile and Action Plan
Definition of Communicative Competence for AAC users (Janice Light, 1989)
Social Networks (Sarah Blackstone and Mary Hunt Berg, 2003)
Means, Reasons and Opportunities (Della Money and Sue Thurman, 1994)
Chapter 3: Unaided Communication
What is Unaided Communication?
Assessing Unaided Methods of Communication
Observation Schedule for assessing Unaided Communication Methods
Developing Unaided Communication Skills
Chapter 4: Low Tech Communication Aids
Types of Low Tech AAC systems
Aspects of Assessment for Low Tech AAC
The Next Step – Activities to support and develop use of the Low Tech AAC system
Cause and effect with people (Communicative Intent)
Requesting item/indicating choice
Participation in a social activity
Chapter 5: High Tech Communication aids
Types of High Tech Communication Systems
Assessment for a High Tech System
The Next Step - Activities to support and develop use of the High Tech AAC system