Communication is an essential factor for learning and good qualify life. Supporting the needs and development of individuals with communication challenges is central to the work of special educators. This unit examines a range of issues regarding human language and communication development with an emphasis on key theories, research and skills in communication assessment and interventions. Strategies that involve use of augmentative and alternative communication will be given specific consideration, along with the implications for individuals with autism and other complex support needs.
1x in-class group task (10%); 1x communication strategy group presentation (20%); 1x strategy and systematic instructional approach video demo (30%); 1x communication assessment with instructional program report (40%).