Using Janice Light's model of communicative competence, we have put together a systematic framework for introducing a high-tech alternative communication system to children who are nonverbal and who may use AAC strategies as a main method of communication. The framework uses the four original competencies: linguistic, social, operational, and strategic but also adds socio-relational skills, psychosocial factors and external barriers and supports. Key facilitators can use the framework to aid introduction of a high-tech voice output communication device, record progress, and to aid target setting and classroom planning.
This framework uses collaborative and joint working as fundamental principles. Therapists, teachers, parents, and learning assistants must all be involved in the decision making process, the learning and training phase and the implementation phase within the natural environment.
This session will guide participants through the Communication Competency Framework with practical examples and include discussion on how this can be modified to be used with young people who have left school.