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AAC for every kid! Creating an inclusive communicative pre-school environment using the ComPAL-model

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ComPAL - COMmunication using Point-talking in an Aided Learning environment - is an intervention that comprises staff training and provision of ready-made materials to use within the frames of Point-talking or aided language stimulation. During six two-hour sessions the educational staff learn about communication, communicative rights, responsive and milieu teaching strategies and how to implement AAC along the lines of universal design where AAC is seen as a general communication and learning resource for all children. The model was first developed for school-aged children with severe communicative disabilities. A pilot evaluation done on four special schools showed promising results with respect to the perceptions and perceived changes reported by staff and parents. During this presentation we will describe how this model has been adapted to and used in inclusive pre-school environments in Sweden and Croatia. The intervention package: staff training course, educational materials including video clips and the communication books and boards developed, will be demonstrated. The materials have also been interpreted into English. We will share our experiences, including video-examples, from pre-schools in both countries. Due to the refugee and immigrant situation in both of our countries the interest and need for the ComPAL-intervention has increased.

Author(s):

Claesson Britt    
DART Centre for AAC and AT
Sweden

Thunberg Gunilla    
DART Centre for AAC and AT
Sweden

Helena Molker LovĂ©n    
DART Centre for AAC and AT
Sweden

Lejla Kocan    
DART Centre for AAC and AT
Sweden

Irena Mlinaric    
Potocniza
Croatia

 

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