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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Communication Strategies for Individuals with Profound and Multiple Disabilities

Individuals with Profound and Multiple Disabilities use non-verbal behaviours such as facial expressions, muscle tension, breathing patterns, body movements and eye gaze to reflect their needs, wants and feelings. The individual understanding is enhanced when the communication partner uses a variety of cues to communicate (e.g. objects, location, gesture, speech etc.

This workshop will provide information to the participant on how to develop the Individual’s receptive, expressive and cognitive skills in daily routine, preferred and sensory activities.

Dates:05 Sep 2022 (Mon)
Time:09.00am - 05.00pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Dolly Bhargava

Dolly Bhargava is a Speech Pathologist with a Masters in Special Education. She has 21 years of experience in providing positive, realistic and productive solutions to individuals with a range of disabilities in early childhood, school, family homes, prisons, accommodation and community settings. She has authored and developed a number of insightful books and apps, based on the practical wisdom she has gathered from working with individuals with Emotional and Behavioural Disorders, their families, educators and professionals. The resources aim to equip people with the knowledge, skills and tools to help your child learn positive ways of behaving and managing their emotions.

Course Outline
  • Overview of Communication
    • Definition
    • Importance
    • Receptive communication
    • Expressive communication
    • Types of communicators – Pre-intentional, intentional and symbolic
  • Profound and Multiple Disabilities
    • Levels of Intellectual Disability – mild, moderate, severe and profound
    • Introduction to Profound and Multiple Disabilities
    • Setting up context for communication
    • Communication channels
    • Enabling individual as a sender of message (expressive communication skills)
    • Enabling individual as a receiver of message (receptive communication skills)
Course Objectives
  • Describe the differences in presentation and needs of individuals with mild, moderate, severe and profound disabilities.
  • Understand the various components that make up the communication process.
  • Discuss a range of practical, research-based communication strategies for educators, disability staff and professionals to use in a range of settings e.g. classrooms, day programs and home.
  • Explore how to maximise the individual’s active participation in sensory, routine and preferred activities.
Who Can Benefit?

Educator and special needs educators in childcare centres, primary, secondary schools), parents/carers, support staff, day program staff, program administrators, and supervisors

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$)
30 Jul 2022 280
Normal Till Full 330