Complex Communication Needs
Our speech pathology team are experienced working with people who have complex communication needs. We view communication as a basic human right for everyone regardless of an individuals needs in this area. We understand that behaviour and communication can be closely related and that supporting effective communication can result in a reduction in behaviours of concern, greater participation, improved relationships and a better quality of life.
Our speech pathologists work with the individual and their family/support network to incorporate communication strategies into an individual’s everyday life. We are trained and experienced in:
• Principles of intensive interaction
• The use of multisensory cues
• Key Word Sign (used to be called MAKATON Sign)
• No tech communication systems such as PODD, PECS and symbol/photo based communication strategies
• Simple voice output devices (such as Big Macks, Step by Step communicators)
• Sophisticated high tech communication devices
We also recognise that the environment can either support or create a barrier to effective communication and inclusion. Our speech pathology team have experience providing recommendations and support to implement strategies which help to create an environment that supports and enhances communication and inclusion.