Back to school – talking makes transitions easier.

Last year (or was it the year before), I posted some ‘conversation placemats’ to encourage conversations about starting back at school. It’s been on my mind again lately as my daughter shows signs of excitement, nervousness, and trepidation about her return to school. Strong feelings can be related to not knowing (or in some cases … Continue reading Back to school – talking makes transitions easier.

Using LISTS in PODD Communication Books

(This post is specifically about PODD (Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display) Communication Books (i.e. the non-electronic paper books) developed by Gayle Porter. Although other systems are also great, the list function in PODD books has been on my mind lately so I thought I’d write about it). Lists are one of my favourite parts of the … Continue reading Using LISTS in PODD Communication Books

Don’t just accept it – Promote it

Recently, I’ve read and listened to alot about people’s views on inclusive education for children with disabilities. I am an advocate of mainstream schooling options for children with disabilities and see in our future a world where schools welcome (not just accept) children of all types, with programs that support all learning needs across all … Continue reading Don’t just accept it – Promote it

Back to school – but are you ready to talk about it?

Recently I attended a planning meeting for a client's transition into a mainstream Reception class (the South Australian equivalent to Kindergarten). We talked alot about how to best prepare him for school and all of the things we needed to put in place AT school, but when I thought back about my daughter's first year … Continue reading Back to school – but are you ready to talk about it?

What’s trending in AAC – Join the ‘Say “I love you” campaign’!

                Ok, so I think ‘more than 1’ could be described as a trend. Well at least that’s how it feels this week. As a result of this ‘trend’, I’m officially launching the 'Say "I love you" campaign'. But first, a bit of background….. Here’s how it started: Last week, a little boy that … Continue reading What’s trending in AAC – Join the ‘Say “I love you” campaign’!