Students as communicators
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is used to assist students in developing and complimenting their communication skills – most students use Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display communication books (PODDs) or AAC apps on iPads. These are used in combination with other modes of communication including aided language displays, keyword signing, graphic symbols and verbalisation to support independent communication across the school day. ANSS has employed internationally renowned Speech Pathologist Jane Farrall to support in the establishment of and development of AAC skills for staff and students across the school. She has also supported in the establishment of our Literacy reading and assessment program using the 4 Blocks Model.