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AGOSCI Pre-conference workshops on May 17th, 2017 include:

Pre-Conference Full Day Workshop - $220

Pre-Conference Half Day Workshop - $150

Talking Mats Foundation Course

Date: Wednesday 17 May 2017

Presenters: Lois Cameron and Nicky Ewing

Workshop Fee: $220.00

Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm

Venue: Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 123 Collins Street (Nearest train stations are Flinders Street Station and Parliament Station)

This one day workshop will provide:

  • background information
  • hands on experience of using Talking Mats
  • useful models to think about communication and the complexity of language
  • using Talking Mats in real life situations
  • planning how to develop its use in participants’ own work environment 
There will be film footage of a range of people with communication difficulties using Talking Mats.

Pre-conference workshop flyer - one day


Partner training in AAC

Date: Wednesday 17 May 2017

Presenter: Cathy Binger

Workshop Fee: $220.00

Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm

Venue: Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 123 Collins Street (Nearest train stations are Flinders Street Station and Parliament Station)

This one day workshop will include:
  • the role of AAC in communication and developing language-based objective
  • creating communication opportunities for clients who use AAC
  • troubleshooting techniques for clients who use AAC
  • Communication partner instruction
    • Selecting skills to teach communication partners
    • Communication Partner Instruction: Exploration of the ImPAACT Program and 
  • Life After PECS

Cathy Binger

‘I want to have my cake and eat it too’ - a collaborative framework for mealtime decision-making

Date: Wednesday 17 May 2017

Presenter: Cath Willmot, Fiona Tang and Laura McElhinney

Workshop Fee: $150.00

Time: 9.00am – 12.30pm

Venue: Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 123 Collins Street (Nearest train stations are Flinders Street Station and Parliament Station)

People with disability should be at the centre of all their life decisions. However balancing duty of care and dignity of risk can be a difficult space for people with disability and speech pathologists to navigate together. This can be a particular issue at mealtimes when preference and choice can impact on an individual’s health and well-being. 

This workshop will assist speech pathologists to develop skills to support people with disability when their mealtime preferences and decisions do not match clinical recommendations. 

  • Ready – gathering the information from key stakeholders. 
  • Set – sharing the decision making process to develop a mealtime plan
  • AACtion – using the mealtime plan when out and about. 
Case studies and the lived experience of people with disability will be used to highlight the shared decision making process developed and used at Yooralla.

Pre-conference workshop flyer - half day


Beyond the personal communication dictionary: Supporting people who communicate without symbols.

Date: Wednesday 17 May 2017

Presenter: Dr. Sheridan Forster, Dr. Meredith Prain and Dr. Hilary Johnson

Workshop Fee: $150.00

Time: 1.00pm – 4.30pm

Venue: Grand Hyatt Melbourne, 123 Collins Street (Nearest train stations are Flinders Street Station and Parliament Station)

This interactive workshop will present a range of assessment and intervention strategies informed by research. It will draw on participants’ experience and questions and be organised around the theme of the conference Ready, Set, AACtion.

  • Ready – Connect with the person 
  • Set – Explore preferences and choice 
  • AACtion – Thrive in ongoing interaction

Interaction is possible with this population and meanings can be co-created through high quality partners.

The workshop will provide concrete strategies that can be used in the classroom, day centre, group home and the community. The target audience is teachers and teacher’s aides, speech pathologists, support workers, and families.

Pre-conference workshop flyer - half day

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