Over the past year Grampians Regional Communication Service have helped to support a new initiative within Pinarc Disability Support. The visual pop up shop was developed to support the local community in a capacity building role through producing communication and visual aids. It acts as a ‘drop in service’ where people can get support and advice from Pinarc’s allied heath assistant.
- The purpose of the visual pop up shop is to;
- Show example of visual supports
- Help plan the best visual tool for people’s situation
- Demonstrate use of Boardmaker, Tools 2 talk, etc
- Help make visuals on the spot
The pop up shop is structured in a way in which individuals are able to book into time slots on a particular day where are able to talk to and bounce ideas off our allied health assistant (AHA) to develop a visual aid that best suits their family member or client. Families can choose to make a visual support on the day with the available resources or discuss how they can develop their own at home. Our AHA is able to demonstrate, coach clients and families about a range of resources to support them to develop their own visual supports at home. E.g. boardmaker program, internet and apps.
In 2015 Visual Pop up shops were offered in Ballarat and Melton once per term and have attracted in excess of 60 people including clients, families, teachers, speech pathologists etc. The visual pop up shop will again be offered in 2016.
By Megan Nestor Grampians Regional Communication Service