Communication at Priory Woods School
Communication at Priory Woods School includes pre-intentional communication (interpreting behaviour) and intentional communication using gestures, body language, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) and speech. Each pupil has personalised systems and strategies that are matched to their needs and abilities.
Examples of strategies that we may use to support a pupil include –
Total Communication in more detail -
This is available as a PowerPoint at the bottom of the page.
Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) Rationale
AAC stands for ‘Alternative and Augmentative Communication.’ AAC refers to the methods by which an individual can replace (‘alternative’), or supplement (‘augment’) spoken communication. AAC may also be used to support a pupil’s understanding, by providing the pupil with a more permanent visual representation of language.
• To promote a consistent understanding of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) and use of the term
• To provide a consistent means of communication for the individual
• To highlight the need for AAC assessment and multidisciplinary working
• To ensure learners have access to an appropriate form of AAC specific to their communication needs.
• To ensure learners can express their wants and needs and using appropriate AAC.
• To recognise that all communication methods are valued and accepted equally.
• To ensure staff at Priory Woods School are confident, well-informed and trained in approaches to communicating with pupils using a variety of Total Communication methods
Priory Woods School is committed to providing an environment where all communication is valued and developed and follows a ‘Total Communication’ approach. Total Communication is an approach which facilitates and promotes all necessary modes of communication; including (but not limited to) speech, sign language, use of symbols, photographs, objects, gesture and writing or drawing. Behaviour that challenges is also considered a form of Total Communication. This approach is inclusive and supports all pupils to reduce communication barriers using forms of AAC where appropriate.
AAC encompasses a variety of communication methods and can be further broken down into unaided and aided communication.