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  Communication Passports – Part 2 (Resources) A communication passport is mainly aimed at non-verbal PMLD learners, but it could also be used with learners who are autistic.  There are lots of free resources available online to help you create a communication passport. CALL Scotland provides a series of freely downloadable templates in Microsoft PowerPoint…

It’s personal!

  Communication Passports – Part 1 Communication is a basic need.  Without it, life has less meaning.  With most of our PMLD learners communication should be their focus, so it makes sense to have a communication passport. Communication passports were developed by the Communication, Access, Literacy and Learning ‘CALL’ Centre by Sally Millar back in 1991. A book…

Autism aware

Autism Baselines There are so many tick lists out there, they are all over the internet.  Many of these sheets will tell you that a person is autistic or has autism. Our colleague Chris Barson (who has created many online courses for us) has a different approach to baseline information. However, it could still be…

Prerequisites to communication – based on the work of Dr Chris Kiernan (1982)

In order to communicate and/or to learn to use a language, the learner must have: Sensory Abilities: Adequate Hearing and Vision We need to know to what extent the child or adult can hear and see. Such disabilities profoundly hamper communicative responses. Assessment and then stimulation in the multisensory studio, can lead to the training…