You are here

Motivation in Mainstream

Session 
2.3
Clinical
  • Andrea McGuinness
  • Lisa Farrand
  • Kate Laws
Summary

This presentation will describe a project that brought together 5 young people, using a range of AAC systems. The students participated in a drama group, led by a mainstream secondary school teacher. The students were expected to contribute to and control the direction of the activities.

High expectations of the student's contributions were inevitable as the staff members who support the students on a day to day basis were not with them during the activities, but were participating in their own training sessions, or observing the drama group.

Development of the students’ strategic competencies was a key factor. Having high expectations of the student's communication skills, supporting the students to communicate together, and giving them control proved to be a great motivator and significantly increase the students’ functional use of their AAC systems.

Level of Session 
2
Age Group 
Child
Adolescent
Interest 
Topic of interest to people who use AAC
Primary school
Secondary school transition
Transition
Mainstream
Special