Multi modal Communication - everyone's doing it
Multi modal communication is a holistic way of looking at communication. Rather than just focusing on one area, we consider all forms of communication, for example, body posture, facial expression, gesture, writing, speaking or using a communication device. While many of our programs focus on developing verbal communication skills, we value everyone’s communication preference and it’s our vision to provide the key to successful interactions.
That’s why we offer training and support in multi modal communication. We work with your team to identify and build successful communication strategies working alongside communication partners. This values all forms of communication, aims to educate communication partners about each person’s communication methods and incorporates Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
Our team recognises that the ability to communicate can be affected by a range of factors including motor skills, cognitive ability and language and literacy level. We work from the philosophy of ‘presumed competence’ and build on the modes of communication that work best with each client to support clear communication, encourage inclusion and reduce unnecessary frustration.
Examples of multi modal communication
- Vocalisations or words
- Text/written word
- Visual schedule
- Body language
- Sign language
- Text to speech
Benefits of multi modal communication therapy
- Increased self-confidence
- True inclusion
- Less frustration
- Improved relationships
- Enhanced community participation
- Increased independence
- Communication partner awareness
- An independent voice
Our approach to AAC and multi modal communication
Our team undertakes dynamic assessments and interventions for Alternate and Augmented Communication (AAC) including high technology options (e.g. computer, iPad/tablet, apps) and low technology options (e.g. Key Word sign, visual supports, switch use). We’re experienced with successful NDIS applications for assistive technology and also host community programs to support the use of AAC in the community (e.g. library book club, teenage groups).
Our therapists have specific training and experience in all areas of AAC, including software and apps, high technology devices and low technology communication resources.
Software and apps:
- Grid 3 and Grid for iPad
- LAMP and Unity
- Word Power
- Mind Express
- Text to speech based communication – (Predictable, Proloquo4text)
High technology devices:
- Eye Gaze systems
- Communication dedicated devices including Liberator, Tobii and Jabbla
- Neuronode switch access
Low or no technology systems:
- PODD paper version books (personalised and developed in the clinic)
- Voice output switches
- Picture communication symbols (e.g. for schedules, eye gaze, social stories).