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An Audit of AAC Communication Systems in a Special Needs School

Practice Report
  • Sally Mills

The Communication & Interaction Team of a large special school for children with severe learning difficulties needed a baseline of communication systems being used within the school, as well as the number of children who had communication passports, to inform the team of their progress with the communication passport project. The audit recorded communication systems used in the school and identified areas where the staff required further support around effective communication in the classroom.

The audit form distributed to staff contained a section for staff to request specific resources or support around pupils’ communication needs. A formal record of these requests was created to ensure their completion. A repeat of the audit the following term revealed an increase in the use of communication systems across the school. The audit also increased the awareness of the importance of AAC communication systems and encouraged staff to consider each childs individual communication needs.

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