Rainbow Centre Training & Consultancy

Support Communication Needs of Persons with Disabilities

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The need to communicate is central to everyone, even for persons with disabilities. The key, however, is how we help them find their voices to express their needs and wants. Being able to do this requires some technical skills, anchored on sound knowledge of language and speech typical and atypical development.

This practical and skills-based course provides you with the knowledge and skills to support communication needs of persons with disabilities. You will examine speech, language, and communication development and impairments in children with special needs, along with a gamut of intervention strategies to work with them.

Key Areas

  • Definitions and characteristics of ‘speech’, ‘language’, ‘communication’ and ‘social’ skills
  • Characteristics in relation to children with special needs
  • Typical development in speech, language and communication skills and relate this information to children who are atypical
  • Speech, language, communication and social impairments in children with special needs
  • Different intervention strategies for children with various speech, language, communication and social difficulties

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the foundational skills for speech, language and communication
  • Describe the typical development of speech, language and communication skills
  • Identify atypical speech and language characteristics in children with special needs
  • Explain how general intervention strategies help children with speech, language and communication difficulties