Communication at Belmore
A key goal in our current strategic plan is to improve students’ communication skills. All staff have been working to achieve this goal and to ensure a communication system is developed for each of our students. A number of our students are unable to develop sufficient speech to communicate well and for them we use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). There is a wide range of AAC to support and promote the use of communication which includes:
- Natural communication methods including pointing, gesture, facial expression, eye gaze, body language
- Use of object symbols / pictures
- Communication boards
- PODD books
- Speech generating devices utilising an iPad or dynavox
Many of our students already use a form of AAC and our staff are dedicated to support and develop the effective use of their individualised communication. For those students who don’t have an existing AAC system in place, following extensive assessment by our multidisciplinary team of speech pathologists, teachers and occupational therapists and in consultation with parents, we work towards implementing the most appropriate form of AAC for use at home and school.