As part of our on-going service evaluation (Kent & Medway Communication and Assistive Technology Service) we have identified the need to provide more focused support and training relating to the integration of AAC in the classroom. This has given rise to a training course entitled Integrating AAC and AT in the Classroom. This paper will provide an overview of this training course, and how it evolved into being.
The training course provides hands-on sessions with communication devices in order to experience how these systems feel for the users. We also reflect on how users may learn their communication package through explicit teaching, modelling and exploration. We look at how this may be facilitated in a range of social and curriculum based activities throughout the school day.
The course has received positive feedback from participants; they have stated that they now feel better equipped and more confident in using a range of ideas and activities to promote the use of AAC throughout the course of a school day.
We will continue to refine and develop this course in response to the specific needs and requests of teaching staff.