This approach involves: CREATING AN OPPORTUNITY-ADDING A VISUAL-MODELLING-PAUSING TO PROMPT. Staff create intentional opportunities in structured group sessions and throughout the day for the students to communicate. Goals are developed by working collaboratively with Speech Therapists and parents. High technology and low technology Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is used to cater for the speech and communication needs of each individual student. An enthusiastic CAMPers group evolved in 2019 due to mainstream students wanting to converse successfully with ESC students who have complex communication needs. This band of mainstream and ESC students are trained to use PODD Books, Devices and Key Word Sign (KWS) to help and to mentor students in our South Ballajura Community. On staff, we have dedicated Communication Partners working hard to ensure Communication Accessibility is achieved for all.
Key Word Sign is an unaided form of Augmentive and Alternative Communication (AAC). The use of gesture, facial expressions, body language and manual sign are all incorporated to support the speech and language needs of the students. The Key Word Sign program incorporates the following aspects of signing: natural gestures, finger spelling, numbers and core vocabulary (high frequency words/ phrases). Our students are taught functional Auslan signs including verbs, adjectives, alphabets, feelings and signs related to everyday living. In small groups, children engage in hands-on learning experiences, and practise their Key Word Signing in a supportive environment. ‘Word of the Week’ is also incorporated into the Key Word Sign program to provide students with a multi-modal approach to language and concept development.
Diana Rigg (DR) is a research, evidence- based literacy program aimed at developing spelling, oral and written skills in a systematic way. Students are pre-tested before starting the program to ensure maximum literacy outcomes are achieved.
As ‘concepts’ are the building blocks of facts, statements or paragraphs, ‘concept development’ is an important part of teaching and learning. We effectively teach engaging, interactive ‘instructional tactics’ such as ‘Think, Pair, Share’, ‘Place Mat’ and ‘Plus, Minus, Interesting’ tailored to our student needs. These strategies support students to grasp ‘concepts’ in classroom/group setting.