Dr Remington-Gurney has completed and updated her Certificate IV in Assessment and Training and is acknowledged as a clear and interesting presenter. In 2013 and 2014 Jane was a winner in the Griffith University Three Minute Thesis. This competition requires a plain English presentation of a doctoral research study. The workshops that are most often tailored to meet the needs of individuals with complex communication needs and the people who offer them support.
Workshops and training sessions are best tailored to meet individual needs. This means that some time is usually spent in discussion planning to meet the needs and learning styles of participants. The most popular themes for workshop training include:
Introduction to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
Not being able to speak does not have to mean a person has nothing to say. We all use methods other than speech when we interact. For example we use body language, gesture, signing, writing and pointing. When speech fails to develop or is lost, methods such as these can supplement or substitute for speech. one of the most important components to using AAC has been shown in research studies to be the training of the person who supports someone with a communication impairment. This person is called a communication partner. In my experience I like to refer to someone who goes on to acquire and use great interaction strategies as a communication assistant’. There may also be others who extend their knowledge and skills in AAC to become communication coaches.
Developing your communication partner skills
When people do not share the same way of communicating it may seem as though they are interacting with a huge barrier between them. Communication partner training aims to break down the wall that divides people, and establish building blocks to form a bridge of connection. The training also aims to make a communication program sustainable and therefore more cost effective. Communication partner training has been shown to have a significant positive impact on the quality of interaction between people with CCN and others. Interaction does not have to feel as though you are talking through a brick wall. Any bricks that exist can be used to bridge a divide. This workshop explores the strategies and styles that a person uses when then interact with a someone who has a communication impairment.
From communication to conversation
This workshop alerts participants to ways that can progress interaction beyond the boundaries of questions and answers. It may be a basic human right to access communication but it is also a human right to connect with community through conversation.
Designing communication displays
Communication displays come in lots of different shapes, sizes, weights and designs. Ultimately they have to meet the needs of the user as well as the needs of the environment and the people responsible for setting them up for use. This workshop gives hands on experience to participants in the design strategies for access and use of communication displays.
Using visual language to enhance social understanding
Sometimes people have a different approach to understanding language. This can cause confusion and frustration. Often there are ways to help everyone better understand how to write and speak words so that they are easier to understand.
This workshop illustrates the difference between an information and a social story and assists participants to write information is ways that enhance social understanding and emotional regulation.
Introduction to unaided communication
Key Word Signing and Gesture. An aim of this workshop is for participants to leave with an ability to use some key word signs at phrase level that is practical and functional to their everyday needs. Participants are therefore encouraged to assist pre-workshop in the design by compiling with the presenter, a core vocabulary that will be used in the training session.
Teach me to Talk: How speech develops and can be fostered
Speech is probably one of the most complex fine motor acts a human can master. It is also something we easily take for granted. Participants will be introduced to knowledge regarding how speech and language develop, and how vocalisations can be shaped as meaningful units of communication.
Workshops have been presented in Australia and New Zealand in recent years.
If you are interested in any of these established workshops or would like to
discuss tailoring training to meet your own needs then