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Indigo Schools Team Supporting Country Kids to Communicate

28 June 2021

Since December 2020, Indigo’s Schools team has been working with students and teachers at O’Connor Education Support Centre in Kalgoorlie, to implement the Country Kids Communicate project. 

Young boy pointing at PODD book pic that's held by female Indigo staffIndigo’s Schools Team is trialing a blended service delivery model with three successful site visits with O’Connor Education Support Centre in Kalgoorlie as well as regular telehealth catchups. School staff are receiving supported in-class demonstrations, training, coaching, consultation, and regular goal setting with our Schools Team to develop skills in supporting student communication and participation. 

Working in collaboration with school staff and families, the project will run for the whole of Term two and aims to support and enhance student communication and participation in the classroom.

Students are receiving one on one support with one of our experienced Speech Pathologists using a number of different techniques and tools including paper-based boards and communication books and apps. 

Trish, Kindergarten Teacher at the O’Connor Education Support Centre in Kalgoorlie said they have already seen the children start to benefit from the program: "With L. losing his words when he gets distressed or having to reorganise what he wants to do. Meltdowns have gone from 20-30 to much less and having extra visual supports have helped him. He now looks for the communication board."

Year Two Teacher, Gleneice says, “I had extremely little knowledge of communication devices such as PODD books, never mind how to use one. Both Ashley and Tanith have been so patient and knowledgeable in guiding my journey towards building my confidence, to help assist my students with their communication needs. 

Their rapport with our students has been brilliant, and they have introduced a variety of devices such as Proloquo2Go and LAMP WFL on iPads depending on each students’ individual needs.” 

Staff with multiple students

Indigo runs regular projects in Perth metropolitan schools supporting children and young people with a disability and complex communication needs to use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

The Country Kids Communicate project aims to reach further and develop a model of school based AAC services within regional areas. 

Visit the Training for Schools page on our website to book a specially tailored training session for your school.

For more information about how we may be able to work with your school or students, please contact our Schools Team on: (08) 9381 0600 or email: schools@indigosolutions.org.au