WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING

Complex Communication Needs

Do you support people with a disability or people who have complex communication needs (CCN)?

Would you like to learn more about how to understand a person’s specific communication needs and how to support them to be active communicators?

Understanding & Supporting Complex Communication Needs (CCN) with Carrie Hudson.

Our CCN workshop will:

  • develop your understanding and awareness of some of the difficulties faced by people with CCN
  • recognise the abilities and potential in people who have CCN
  • explore challenges and potential opportunities when supporting people with CCN
  • build your skills to become a strong communication partner
  • assist you in building a supportive communication environment
  • explore and trial examples of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) tools
  • help you build a communication dictionary/profile for the person(s) you support.

About the facilitator:

Carrie

Carrie Hudson is a Speech and Language Pathologist with many years of experience working within the disability sector supporting families, carers, allied health staff and individuals with complex communication needs.

Carrie is the Director of Bloom LTS and is passionate about sharing her mission – to raise awareness of the impact of CCN and to ensure that every person has access to a communication system and environment that fosters independence, participation and quality of life.

Making Sense of the Senses

What is sensory processing?

Sensory processing makes each of us who we are, with individualized preferences and aversions that influence what our interests and chosen activities may be.

Understanding and supporting children with sensory processing difficulties can be really difficult. Children who often become overwhelmed by sensory challenges can react with meltdowns, tantrums or withdrawals. There are also children who are under-responsive to sensory information and therefore can be difficult to engage.

Why is sensory processing important for some children – especially those with ASD? How do sensory processing issues impact on a child’s participation in daily activities?

Understanding and supporting children with sensory processing difficulties can be really difficult. Children who often become over-whelmed by sensory challenges can react with meltdowns, tantrums or withdrawals. There are also children who are under responsive to sensory information and therefore can be difficult to engage.

How can we better understand sensory processing so that we can better support these children?

To start helping a child, we must first make sense of why they are reacting this way. Intervention is aimed at improving understanding about sensory reactions, at facilitating change, and facilitating participation in the child’s tasks.

HANEN MORE THAN WORDS ®

The More Than Words® Program was designed specifically for parents of children age 5 and under on the autism spectrum.

Addressing the unique needs of thee children the program provides parents with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential.
More Than Words does this by empowering you to help your child reach the following three goals:

  • Improved social skills
  • The ability to engage in back-and-forth interactions
  • Improved understanding of language

You will learn:

  • How your child learns best and what motivates him to communicate
  • Why your child behaves in certain ways, and what you can do to either increase or reduce tho behaviours.
  • How to use your knowledge about your child to set realistic goals
  • How to make interactions with your child last longer and be more meaningful
  • Tips for using pictures and print to help your child’s understanding
  • Tips on how to talk so that your child understands you
  • Strategies for developing your child’s play skills
  • Ways to help your child make friends

The More Than Words parent program includes:

  • 8 training sessions in small, personalised groups
  • A Hanen Certified speech-language pathologist leading the program
  • A pre-program consultation for you and your child with your speech-language pathologist.
  • Three individual visits for you and your child with your speech-language-pathologist in which you are videotaped while practicing with your child. Then you and your speech-language pathologist watch the videotaped interaction to “see” what’s helping and what you can modify to help even more

Please contact our office for information regarding upcoming program dates.

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HANEN IT TAKES TWO TO TALK ®

It Takes Two to Talk® — The Hanen Program® for Parents of Children with Language Delays

Bloom will soon be running ‘It Takes Two To Talk’, the Hanen Program designed specifically for parents of young children (birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay. The It Takes Two to Talk Program teaches you, step-by-step, how to become your child’s most important language teacher.

In a small, personalized group setting, parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout their day together.

The It Takes Two to Talk Program teaches you, step-by-step, how to become your child’s most important language teacher. The program shows you how to:

  • Recognize your child’s stage and style of communication so that you know which steps to take next
  • Identify what motivates your child to interact with you so you’ll know how to get conversations started
  • Adjust everyday routines to help your child take turns and keep interactions going
  • Follow your child’s lead to build his confidence and encourage him to communicate
  • Add language to interactions with your child to help him understand language and then use it when he is ready
  • Tweak the way you play and read books with your child to help him learn language
  • Change the way you speak to your child so that he’ll understand and learn new words

It Takes Two To Talk requires a significant time commitment from parents/carers in order to ensure the best possible learning experience.

PLEASE NOTE: Better Start Initiative (BSI) funding can be used to fund all or part of the program fee. Some private health funds may also provide a rebate.