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22TRA418 Language Development for Non-Speaking Individuals
“Not being able to speak is not the same as not having something to say”
– Rosemary Crossely

In this webinar, we will take the time to consider how we support language development in non-speaking pupils. Verbal speech is not the only means of language development, though often these individuals are offered less opportunity and input for language learning.

We will cover topics including:
Building on an individual’s strengths
Core vs. fringe vocabulary
Presuming competence
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Supporting literacy for non-speakers
Universal AAC (Core Vocabulary Boards)
Further resources for learning and professional development.

This webinar is suitable for SNAs, teachers and learning support teachers at primary and post-primary level.

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Nov 28, 2022 07:00 PM in Dublin

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Alanna O' Connor
Speech and Language Therapist
Alanna O’Connor is a Kerry-based Speech and Language Therapist, who trained in the UK. In her time in Manchester, she worked based in a school and college, working alongside teachers to support students to meet their educational potential. Since returning to Ireland, she has worked with children and young people in clinic, home, and school environments. Last year, she delivered online training to over 1’000 education staff. Alanna has worked with children and young people with autism spectrum disorder throughout her career. She has experience of diagnosing autism and providing intervention in home, clinics, and schools. Alanna works hard to take on board the opinions and feedback of autistic people, as well as providing neurodiversity-affirming support.