Training Course on Augmentative and Alternative Communication

In Crotone, the basic training course “Augmentative and Alternative Communication”


PERIOD: June – September 2018

The course is aimed at Doctors, Psychologists, Speech Therapists, Physiotherapists, Neuro Therapists and Psychomotricity of the Evolutionary Age, Occupational Therapists, Professional Educators, Nurses, Social Workers, with a duration of 62 hours (of which 46 with CME) divided into four modules.

The Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) constitutes an area of research and clinical and educational practice. The AAC studies, and when necessary tries to compensate for temporary or permanent communication disabilities, limitations in activities and restrictions on the participation of people with severe disturbance in the production of language and speech and/or understanding, with regard to methods of oral or written communication. The term “augmentation” indicates how AAC techniques, methods and tools are aimed, in the first instance, not at replacing existing communication methods, but at increasing natural communication through the enhancement of the skills present and the enhancement of natural methods (oral, mimic-gestural, visual, etc.). The term “alternative” indicates how the AAC uses, when necessary, special methods and means of communication, substituting the oral language (modalities that can include aids, techniques, strategies, tools such as graphic symbols, writing, gestures). The purpose of the AAC is to provide the person with Complex Communication Needs (CCN) modes of communication as independent as possible and to maximize their skills and opportunities for participation in living environments ( (“Principi e pratiche in CAA”, 2017, ISAAC Italy).

Describing and analyzing the concept of communication means moving forward within a vast and heterogeneous path that develops through numerous methods which are not constantly and strictly linked to the use of verbal language. These aspects will be addressed in order to offer an open reflection on what happens in people with BCC, on the specificity of global functional levels and on the analysis of environmental factors. The sum of the various elements allows to structure an AAC path that is along the line of the participation model of Beukelman and Mirenda (2014) guides the different figures according to its role in the evolution of the project from assessment to intervention.

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