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Transitioning from PECS to Speech Generating Devices

Dates and times:

05/05/2017
9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Child using PECS

PECS is running a one-day Brighton workshop on 5th May on the use of Speech Generating Devices (SGD’s).

“With the current inf­lux of communication devices and apps to the market how do we ensure that basic functional communication skills are maintained and taught right from the beginning? Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) were first introduced for people with motor difficulties like cerebral palsy and now these devices are being introduced to our learners with autism and other related communication difficulties. For these populations, language and cognition are often compromised and basic social and communication skills have not always been mastered prior to the introduction of a device. Because of this, the way we teach the use of SGDs needs to be specially tailored to the needs of each individual paying attention to devices capabilities vs. user capabilities.

This full day workshop will describe procedures for analysing a learner’s current PECS skills to determine candidacy for transitioning to a SGD, choosing a device, and teaching functional use of the device, and why we must teach the basic principles of communication to our learner first to ensure positive outcomes are achieved.”

The workshop costs £85.75 for parent carers,  including refreshments but not lunch. Amaze appreciates that this workshop may be too expensive for many families but we list it for your reference, as other parents have told us they’ve found PECS courses useful and worthwhile.

For more information and bookings visit http://www.pecs-unitedkingdom.com

Location:

PECS Brighton Office
Crowhurst Road
Brighton
BN1 8AF

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