Never giving up on communication
We were delighted to hear how the patience and
dedication of staff, and using ICE resources have
significantly helped one young man to communicate.
This is the inspirational story;
"Student X is a young man in his twenties with very severe
communication difficulties. He appears to understand
everything and follows instruction well; however, his expressive
communication skills are almost non-existent. He attends the
college just one day a week. Over the past year or so, I've tried
teaching him to communicate using sign language, picture and widget
symbols, and photographs etc., none of which were particularly
effective with him.
I then introduced him to an object of reference bag with three
balls in it; red to indicate 'no', green to indicate 'yes' and
yellow to indicate 'I do not understand'. Again, he was
unable to use them effectively.
A couple of months ago, I borrowed the 'Go Talk' message talker
from the ICE resource library. I set it up for him with just
six basic, but relevant messages for him to communicate and for the
first time, he responded to it. He spent the rest of the day,
enthusiastically trying out all the buttons, which he was able to
do effectively, albeit, in his eagerness to use it, he wiped out
the messages several times, so staff had to keep rerecording it for
Exactly one week later, he indicated himself that he wanted to
use the electronic message talker again, and again, he used it both
enthusiastically and effectively. A week later and several
members of staff came running out of the room to tell me, you must
come and see what Student X is doing. Not only was he
independently using the device to tell staff that he wanted a cup
of coffee with one sugar, but he was attempting to vocalise the
words that he had heard on the talker and had also pulled out a
picture swatch with a picture of a pizza on it, and was indicating
that he wanted that also.
This was the breakthrough that we had been looking for, and it
has been highly rewarding for us all to witness."
The GoTalk Pocket and many other communication aids are
available for loan through your local library.
Click on the image to see the
range of resources we have for loan.
Click here to be taken through to the
library catalogue and search for inclusive communication titles and
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