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AAC Study Days

Study days explore a single aspect of AAC and provide a great learning opportunity.

2019 Study Days


AAC & Literacy Best Practice Study Day - 2nd May 2019

Communication Matters, in collaboration with Augmentative Communication in Practice: Scotland, is delighted to present the third in a series of AAC and Literacy Study Days. The aim of these Study Days is to improve the literacy learning of students who have complex communication needs, particularly those who use AAC.

The Study Day on 2nd May 2019 will approach literacy learning from the context of the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence with the principle that literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning. Topics will range from early and emergent skills, to using accessible books, through exploration of inclusive literacy approaches. There will be opportunities for collaborative learning and sharing of knowledge and experiences. There will be a range of session formats including a mixture of speaker sessions and hands-on practical sessions with resources.

Following the Study Day, delegates will be encouraged to continue to share best practice via the CM AAC and Literacy Google Community.

Who is the study day aimed at?

  • The whole team!
  • Parents and other family members
  • Staff from both mainstream schools and specialist provision
  • Health professionals including Speech and Language Therapists

Proposed learning outcomes:

  • Increased understanding of the wider issues surrounding literacy acquisition for AAC users and the opportunity to discuss with other practitioners
  • Develop knowledge of teaching literacy and awareness of effective practice that is being implemented across Scotland
  • Practical experience of resources available to support AAC users in literacy learning

Venue: Carnegie Conference Centre, Halbeath Road, Dunfermline, Fife, KY11 8DY

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Further details to follow. Booking opens January 2019.


Recent Study Days

AAC & Literacy Best Practice Study Day - 27 April 2018

Held at the ACE Centre in Oldham, the second in a series of AAC and Literacy based days. This day met the needs of children in both special and mainstream schools and was suitable for both professionals and family members. This study day overlapped with topics discussed at the previous study day. It included special interest talks on issues that relate directly to the challenges faced in delivering literacy to students who use AAC and the challenges students face in acquiring those skills; table top workshops with hands on experience of resources currently available to support the teaching of literacy to AAC users; and an exhibition from suppliers of products directly related to AAC and literacy.

Want to stay involved in this topic? Join our AAC and Literacy Forum or AAC Exams Access Working Group.

AAC & Literacy Best Practice Study Day - 28 April 2017

Held at The Clare Charity Centre in Saunderton with a keynote from Rebecca Loza (Read Write Inc.) and plenary by Marion Stanton & Adam Lenartowicz. There were also talks from parents (Chantal Bryan & Jules Whicher), teachers (Laura Baggley & Hester Mackay) and 4 suppliers and the day ended with some workshops. The day addressed the needs of children in special and mainstream school & hoped to kickstart a special interest group with subsequent days to be planned. The days are suitable for professionals and family members.

Resources for members.

Communication in ASD: AAC, Research & Practice Study Day - 20 April 2016

Held at The Lift, London and led by Dr Elaine Clark, Darryl Morgan, Helen Robinson & Dr Greg Pasco (representatives from health, education and research). This study day looked at the use of augmentative communication devices and systems with people with autism.

AAC, Literacy and Complex Needs Study Day - 1 April 2016

Held at Birkbeck College, London and led by Jane Farrall and Sally Clendon. This workshop covered the rationale and principles underlying a balanced comprehensive approach to literacy instruction for all students. 

Symbolisation Towards Literacy Study Day - 15 June 2015

Held at Manchester Metropolitan University and led by Janice Murray (MMU) and Martine Smith (Trinity College Dublin). Explored the relationship between symbol communication and the development of literacy.