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Below are details of some of the training available in AAC for schools and school groups. Before browsing this list we recommend you contact your local speech and language therapy service first - see list of AAC assessment services. Please note that CM cannot recommend a particular service as everyone's needs are different.

ATtherapy Ltd 

Website: www.ATtherapy.co.uk (For LAMP training www.aacandautism.com)
Main contact for training: Andrea McGuinness, andrea@attherapy.co.uk, 0161 494 6489 / 07734229419
Area covered: North of England for AT / AAC training or therapy. LAMP training is national coverage 
Age groups covered: All ages 

Type/details of training offered: ATtherapy are a service providing speech and language therapy support for individuals using assistive technology including AAC. Linking the assitive technology with communication development is our specialism. Our training can be provided relating to a specific individual's needs or recommended systems and strategies. Some of the areas we can train on include:

  • Using signs and symbols
  • Introduction to assistive technology and AAC
  • Assessment and intervention strategies for AAC
  • Early communication strategies suitable for children with complex communication impairments
  • Learning language for the long term with AAC
  • Vocabulary organisation and AAC

We are also the sole UK providers for LAMP (Language Acquisition through Motor Planning) training.
We are happy to discuss any training needs and develop bespoke training as needed.
Training is provided by specialist speech and language therapists and focuses on communication skills development through AT and AAC.
Ongoing specialist speech and language therapy support is also available.

Do you have online training? No - but online LAMP training in development.

Approximate cost of training: Day and hourly rates available. Ongoing therapy support and training also available. Please contact for details.


CALL Scotland

Websitehttp://www.callscotland.org.uk/professional-learning/in-school-training/
Main contact for training: Shirley Lawson, shirley.lawson@ed.ac.uk, 0131 651 6235
Area covered: Scotland
Age groups covered: 3 - 18

Type/details of training offered: We provide a range of professional learning courses on the subject of using Assistive Technology to support children and young people with disabilities and /or additional support needs. Specialist training in AAC, techonology to support dylsexia, ASD & visual impairment. We can provide bespoke training according to your needs - please get in touch to discuss.

Do you have online training? Yes - Live and archived webinars on a range of assistive technology topics http://www.callscotland.org.uk/professional-learning/webinars/
We have five short online learning modules for people who would like to learn more about AAC http://www.aacscotland.org.uk/Right-to-Speak/Learning-Modules/.

Approximate cost of training: From £290 for 2 hour session up to £985 full day (with 2 trainers and IT equipment).


CandLE Ltd

Websitewww.candleaac.com
Main contact for training: Lucy Allen, lucy@candleaac.com, 01229 585173
Area covered: UK Wide and Ireland
Age groups covered: 0-25 and some work with over 25's

Type/details of training offered: CandLE offers bespoke training in communication and learning throughout the UK. We also offer assessment and in-school ongoing support. We can set up literacy programmes for students who rely on AAC in special and in mainstream settings. We also advise on curriculum access in mainstream schools. We sell low tech communication and learning solutions. We are the sole UK wide provider of the AAC City and Guilds! Specialist training is available:

  • Producing and developing low tech communication books.
  • Using the Ipad for Communication and for Learning.
  • Setting up literacy programmes for students who rely on AAC at all ability levels.
  • Assessment procedures to establish the entry point into a literacy programme for students who rely on AAC.
  • Advice, training and potentially on-going support in adapting the mainstream curriculum for students who rely on AAC.
  • Advice and training in the use of AAC in person centred planning with students who are in transition or otherwise in a situation where they need to make choices.
  • Neuro Motor issues and their affect on access to communication and learning devices.
  • Using communication vocabularies for more than talking.

Do you have online training? No - but this is in development for Autumn/Winter 2016.

Approximate cost of training: Ranges from £350 for half a day to £600 for a day and £1,100 for 2 days plus travel and accommodation. 


Talking Mats Ltd

Websitewww.talkingmats.com/training/
Main contact for training: Karen MacPhail, karen@talkingmats.com, 01786 479511
Area covered: UK Wide 
Age groups covered: All ages

Type/details of training offered: Foundation full day with resource (delivered in various locations in the UK) - a one day course combining hands on experience of Talking Mats with role play, discussion and reflection on the use of the tool.
2 part training with resource (delivered from our base in Stirling) - 2 half day course giving participants time to reflect and develop ther own communication skills using video feedback.
Accredited training - a two day intense course enabling people to become trainers within their own organisations. 
We offer a variety of training courses throughout the UK that are tailored to suit individual teams and/or organisations that help them develop their services to people with a communication disability using the Talking Mats framework.

Do you have online training? Yes - This online training course is delivered over 12 weeks and gives people the opportunity to understand the impact of communication difficulties and learn how to use Talking Mats.

Approximate cost of training: Varies - average £190.


Widgit Software Ltd

Websitehttp://www.widgit.com/training/
Main contact for training: Doug Watt, doug@widgit.com, 01926 333680
Area covered: UK Wide 
Age groups covered: All ages

Type/details of training offered: Standard Online Training, Personalised Online Training, On-site Training. We offer both half-day and full day training at your estalishment on the topics of your choice.

Do you have online training? Yes - Video Tutorials. Personalised web training is £99 + vat per hour.

Approximate cost of training: Half day on-site training costs £475*
Full day on-site training costs £675*
*prices exclude VAT and travel expenses.


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