This presentation aims to refocus attention on communication books and charts, since we all talk about the use of voice output communication aids (VOCAs) to support communication but overlook the non-electronic options. We will show how different vocabularies and formats have been combined to create a functional and effective generic series of communication books that can be easily personalised, by considering recent publications (PODD, Look2 Talk, ACE Core vocabulary); freely available downloads (e.g. SET-BC); and set vocabularies developed within schools (e.g. Ingfield Manor School).
Having created generic books, we will explore how communication book groups have been organised. Changes have been seen in the communication skills of the young people and in the attitudes and perceptions of school staff and parents. In addition, we will describe how this has developed to a stage where communication books are incorporated into the school day. Video will be used to support the presentation.