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Workshop from the Special Education Principal's Association of New Zealand (SEPANZ) conference 2011.
All of us need to communicate socially through our day – and it makes up a large part of what we do. We tell stories, chat, gossip and listen as others tell us about their weekends. Social communication is often estimated to be more than 50% of our daily conversation.
Many students who use AAC or students who have difficulties with communication have trouble with social communication. This often isolates them from others and creates difficulties with building social closeness.
This presentation will talk about some strategies for improving social communication, including visual scene displays, photo based storytelling and sequenced social scripts. The importance of small talk and using partner directed questions will be discussed – and research showing how crucial this is for people with disabilities to build their social networks will be covered. Use of technology, including speech generating devices and iPads to support students in this area will also be addressed.
Come along and have fun – and learn about helping students with complex communication needs to develop their social communication skills so that they can tell you about their day and tell everyone else all your gossip!