Communication

 

School Key Signs booklet: the signs which we use most frequently in school across all ages and classes.

Basic Makaton: signing booklet with information about using Makaton with your child 

Core vocabulary boards – stage 1 , stage 2 , stage 3 , stage 4 , stage 5 .  Some children are using these at school – if you are unsure if your child is using them or which stage they are at please ask.

Widgit online – FREE 21 day trial

https://widgitonline.com/

Free 30 day access to resources (code: WIDGIT30)

https://mailchi.mp/widgit/wo

These are the symbols we use in school to support understanding and communication. You can make and print your own version at home and there are lots of pre-made resources to download as well.

Makaton signing resources

 

https://makaton.org/TMC/Free_resources/TMC/Free_resources_.aspx?hkey=195b178e-78f1-4757-94a2-326a83afd84f

 You will need to sign up for a free account to access the resources available, some of which are free.

There is a range of sign supported games, resources and songs (including the signs for some nursery rhymes)

Singing Hands

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSgfqkristwvJft3BNN-NYQ

Loads of Makaton signed songs etc.

The North Lanarkshire Communication Friendly Environments team

https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/communicationfriendlyenvironments/

The team have been adding resources and ideas using symbols daily to their blog page. 

Lots of ideas created for children who are at home while schools are closed. Range of activities, visual supports and ways to calm anxiety.

Speech express ideas

https://ianbean.co.uk/Downloads/18SLT.pdf

Range of ideas for speech and language practice at home

PECS (Picture exchange communication system) symbols

Symbols for food, activities (including a now and next board) and songs.

Information about PECS can be found here: https://pecs-unitedkingdom.com/pecs/

Using intensive interaction - 3C’s of Rapport-based Communication

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeiV-gy-yKw&feature=youtu.be

Information from Matthew Laurie about Intensive interaction. This is a strategy we use in school with many of our children. 

Key.comm has a page of resources for parents and families to use at home

https://keycommaac.wordpress.com/parents-and-families-using-aac-at-home-welcome/

This includes low tech communication options, with coronavirus specific boards, some information for parents and symbol joke books. They also post a weekly AAC activity.