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23TRA524 Non-Speaking Pupils - Language Development and Empowerment

23TRA524 Non-Speaking Pupils - Language Development and Empowerment



Date:     Monday 16th October 2023
Time:     7 pm - 9 pm
Venue:  Online via Zoom

Target Audience: Primary level teachers, SNAs, SET Teachers, Special School Staff

"Not being able to speak is not the same as not having something to say." - Rosemary Crossley

Join us for a captivating webinar that explores the rich landscape of language development in non-speaking pupils. Language goes beyond verbal speech, and it is crucial to provide ample opportunities and support for these individuals to communicate and express themselves. In this session, we will delve into empowering strategies that foster language development, celebrating the unique strengths and perspectives of non-speaking pupils.

Together, we will embark on a journey to build upon individual strengths, recognizing the inherent capabilities and potential within each student. Discover the power of core vocabulary versus fringe vocabulary, and explore effective approaches to presuming competence, ensuring that all students are given the opportunity to thrive.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) will take center stage as we delve into practical techniques and tools that empower non-speaking pupils to communicate effectively. From supporting literacy skills to embracing Universal AAC through Core Vocabulary Boards, we will provide you with valuable insights and resources for further learning and professional development.

This engaging webinar is designed for SNAs, teachers, and learning support teachers at primary and post-primary levels, eager to create an inclusive and empowering learning environment for non-speaking pupils. Together, let's unlock the potential and amplify the voices of these remarkable individuals, fostering a culture of communication, understanding, and empowerment.

Secure your spot now and join us in this transformative session, as we pave the way for language development and empowerment in non-speaking pupils. Together, we can make a profound difference in their lives and celebrate the richness of neurodiversity in our classrooms.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Building on an individual’s strengths
  2. Core vs. fringe vocabulary
  3. Presuming competence
  4. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  5. Supporting literacy for non-speakers
  6. Universal AAC (Core Vocabulary Boards)
  7. Further resources for learning and professional development.

Bio of Presenter: Alanna O' Connor

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Alanna O’Connor is a highly experienced and dedicated speech and language therapist who brings a wealth of expertise and passion to the field of neurodiversity, speech and language disorders, and disability supports in education. With years of experience, Alanna is dedicated to empowering education staff in Ireland to create inclusive and supportive environments for all pupils.

Alanna has worked extensively with teachers and SNAs across diverse educational settings. She is particularly interested in promoting literacy attainment and working with children and young people with disabilities. She is passionate about sharing knowledge with SNAs and teachers, as they work closely with children in a language-rich environment.

Alanna is all about spreading awareness, championing inclusivity, and creating a positive educational journey for individuals with autism, language disorders, intellectual disability, ADHD and others. Through her webinars she hopes to empower education staff in Ireland to have an exclusive chance to grasp invaluable insights, practical tools, and foster a supportive learning environment that benefits all students.

Course Properties

Course date 16-10-2023 7:00 pm
Course End Date 16-10-2023 9:00 pm
Capacity 1000
Cut off date 16-10-2023 7:15 pm
Individual Price €5.00
Speaker Alanna O Connor
Number Hours 2
Location Online