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AAC in Education: A new online module

Session 
6.08
Practice Report
  • Sally Millar (CALL Scotland)
  • Craig Mill (CALL Scotland)
Funding / Sponsorship: 
This development work was commissioned and funded by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) as part of the 'A Right to Speak' initiative.
Summary

Aims of project - to develop a new resource to support the professional development of education staff, enabling them to better support and to educate learners who need/ use AAC.

Method/Activities/Techniques

The resource is an online learning module, free of charge and accessible to all, developed by Sally Millar & Craig Mill (CALL Scotland); Deborah Jans & Susan Henderson (KeyComm); and supported by FACCT, Fife and David Fletcher, Stirling Council. The module comprises seven sections addressing different aspects of how to implement and integrate AAC into educational practice, including text, pictures, video clips, downloadable documents and resources etc, at Skill Level 1 of the IPAACKS framework.

Results/Findings

The seven sections of the module are: Introduction; Communication Friendly Schools; AAC in the classroom; Supporting Teaching and Learning; Educational Frameworks; Transitions; Reviewing Your Learning. Each section includes Quiz Questions. Correct Quiz results generate a certificate per section and an overall Certificate for the completed Module.

Conclusions

This module should be useful in education, providing training and resources for staff, in order to develop communication-friendly schools; to better understand the support needs of learners with complex communication needs, and ultimately to improve the education of pupils , who need / use AAC. Therapists may find it a useful resource , working in partnership with, and training education colleagues. Individuals will benefit from the module, as part of their personal and professional development.

References

www.aacscotland.org.uk

Level of Session 
Introductory
Age Group 
Child
Adolescent
Interest 
Primary school
Secondary school
Special school
Transitions