CAN’s work is all about inclusion and participation of people with communication disabilities in their communities.
People with communication disabilities benefit if their speech pathologist is competent in AAC and related areas. If a person has effective AAC, opportunities for social relationships, choice, and community participation open up.
Regional Communication Services provide specialised peer support to local speech pathologists to develop their skills.
With the roll out of NDIS in Loddon, new speech pathologists have arrived.
Southern Loddon Mallee Regional Communication Service has been mentoring them on request.
This time, when another speech pathologist asked for particular support, we decided to make it a two hour session and invite anyone from local speech pathology services who wanted to come.
There was an immediate response from five different service managers. Ultimately new speech pathologists from three services attended our session on positive behaviour support and strategies for communication.
The session included:
-orientation and reminders about elements of positive behaviour support
-real life stories about working with staff and services delivering positive behaviour support
-exploring options and resources for communication support
In evaluation feedback all these were identified as key learning areas.
The speech pathologists also enjoyed meeting each other and learning together.
We all agreed this was a two hours well spent.