Augmented and Alternative Communication

At KTS Academy, an augmented and alternative approach to communication (AAC) is used throughout school. Communication and language is taught and used at a level appropriate to the individual needs of each pupil.

 

Augmented and alternative methods can include facial expression, gesture, body language, verbal language (which may be largely reduced depending on the pupil’s level of understanding), Caanan Barrie signs, Makaton signs, Boardmaker and Communicate in Print symbols, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), photographs/ pictures, objects of reference (OOR), eye gaze technology and communication Apps on the Ipads may all be used to support an individual’s communication needs. 

The school environment reflects our AAC approach, with areas being labelled with symbols, Makaton signs and OOR to help pupils make sense of their surroundings. Each class has a visual timetable, with symbols that remain consistent throughout school.

Staff work closely with the Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) team to ensure pupil’s needs are being met. The SALT team may work individually with pupils, or in class in a group situation. We also work with the SALT team to deliver training to parents. In the past, this has included training and workshops on areas such as, Intensive Interaction, Makaton and Symbol use. 

Staff work closely with the Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) team to ensure pupil’s needs are being met. The SALT team may work individually with pupils, or in class in a group situation. We also work with the SALT team to deliver training to parents. In the past, this has included training and workshops on areas such as, Intensive Interaction, Makaton and Symbol use. 

Augmented and Alternative Communication
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