This One Day Workshop* aims to support the participants understanding of the challenges arising from communication difficulties, and suggest a range of supportive strategies to create a positive communication environment for the individual and those around them.
There is no pre- requisite of prior knowledge for the course as it is hoped that the training will provide general information about communication difficulties and will enable members of staff to reflect on their own practice.
This is an introductory course with a practical focus and would be suited to staff working in environments where service-users may struggle to understand, express themselves or to communicate appropriately and effectively.
*can be adapted to a half-day session to accommodate your organisation
Aims and Objectives:
- To understand that using Intensive Interaction and play to initiate interaction can build positive relationships
- To discuss the importance of teaching the replacement skills necessary to support communication and reduce behaviours
- To explore the range of skills needed to communicate effectively, and the importance of generalising these skills
- To think about realistic communication goals for your individuals
- To understand that personalised communication strategies and resources will support the individual to feel confident and motivated to communicate
- To demonstrate that a ‘whole communication approach’ will have a positive impact on effective communication
- To understand how sensory processing difficulties and the environment can impact on communication and daily living skills
- To explore production of a range of simple, personalised resources and show how their consistent use will support communication
- There is a clear link between the communication of (unmet) needs and behaviour
- It is the individual’s right to be able to have their needs met and be able to make choices
- The long term focus should be to identify and equip the individual with a preferred and appropriate method of communication
- That a ‘whole communication approach’, used consistently, will increase the quality of life of an individual.
- The course content should be viewed as general principles and guidance and should not be taken as absolute. The aim is for staff to use the information provided alongside their own organisational policies, procedures and practice to appreciate and support the individuals that they work with.