Monthly Archives: May 2017

Communication strategies in Corryong

On May 9th Ranelle and Meredith (East Hume Regional Communication Service) met with a group of Year 10 Corryong Secondary College students. The aim of the meeting was provide information about a project that is taking place in Corryong. Corryong is a small country town in the Shire of Towong. The project involves interviewing people with disabilities. This is where the students at Corryong Secondary have been asked to get involved. Their role will be to interview people with disabilities about the positives as well as some of the downsides of life in a small, rural community.  The interviews will be compiled into a short video which will be shared through the Shire of Towong website and other sites.

The speech pathologists from the East Hume Regional Communication Service were involved in teaching students about disability awareness and how best to engage with people who have communication disabilities.

group in library

The importance of positioning

group having discussion

Talking about communication strategies

The students took part in a number of activities that highlighted the importance of positioning, providing context for communicating and some strategies that can help when having a conversation with people who have a communication difficulty. We enjoyed sharing the role of the RCS with such a positive and friendly group of kids and we are looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Ranelle King and Meredith Lane (East Hume RCS)

Make your own communication resources

The Ballarat library has been working with the Grampians Regional Communication Service to provide a way for members in the community to develop communication resources. The resources have been developed using the Tools2Talk+ app.

The Tools2Talk+ app has been loaded onto a number of iPads at the library. Those interested can learn to use the app (with help available if needed).

A colour printer has also been set up that is dedicated to printing out the communication boards and resources. Alternatively, people can develop the resources at the library and send a copy to their own email addresses as pdf files for them to reprint at their leisure.

This is a free service promoted locally.

The Ballarat library offer one-on-one sessions to use the Tools2Talk+app and print communication boards

Tools2Talk+ is available on the iPad only and is currently $74.99 from the App Store

On behalf of Megan Nestor – Grampians regional Communication Service