“Teaching communication skills should be one of the most important priorities… because the ability to communicate affects learning in all other content as well as overall quality of life.” – Browder & Spooner, 2011
Assistive technology can promote students’ independence and assist them to reach their full potential. Our therapists are respected for their experience, knowledge and skill working with the latest assistive technology and communication aids to help students participate, learn and communicate.
Our therapists are skilled in assessing, implementing and supporting technology in schools. We have experience working with students with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities including dyslexia, autism, cerebral palsy and intellectual disability.
Our team can offer support in the following areas:
• Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
• Access to the curriculum and communication systems
• Literacy support technology
• Educational software and apps
• Life skills
Meet the team
Tanith Brien – Speech Pathologist: B.Sc (Human Communication Science)
Tanith joined the ILC in 2015 and has a strong interest in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Tanith has experience in supporting AAC users and their families within home, school and community settings and continues to be passionate about developing her skills in working closely with school teams to support the implementation of AAC within the education setting.
Tanith has hands on experience with a wide range of communication devices and enjoys supporting AAC users and those around them to select and personalise their communication systems to best meet their needs.
Jen Blaxill – Occupational Therapist: B.Sc Hons. (Occupational Therapy)
Jen joined the ILC in 2017 and has been working with the Schools team throughout 2018. Jen also works in the Assistive Technology Service providing information and advice on available Assistive Technology.
Jen is passionate about supporting students with alternative access needs to access play, learning, and communication. She has a particular interest in working with schools to utilize switch and eye gaze technology with their students.
Emma Van Chastelet – Occupational Therapist: B.Sc (Occupational Therapy)
Emma joined the ILC in 2016 and has been working within the schools team since 2017.
She works within our Community Allied Health service providing assessments and prescribing Assistive Technology (AT). Emma is passionate in supporting students to develop life skills and utilise AT.
Ashley Harling – Speech Pathologist: B.Sc (Human Communication Science)
Ashley joined the Independent Living Centre of WA in 2018. Prior to joining the ILC, Ashley worked in both Australia and the UK with government departments and non-for-profit disability organisations who focused services on children and adults with complex communication needs at home, school, and within their community.
Ashley has specialised knowledge in the areas of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), tablet technology, and complex access technology. She regularly delivers training and coaching on communication and AAC technology to carers, health professionals, and educators.
Ashley is passionate about communication access for all and working closely with schools to support the implementation of AAC within the education setting.
Michelle Liddicoat – Master of Speech Pathology
Michelle joined the ILC in 2018. She is passionate about supporting children and young adults to meet their goals through the use of AAC and Assistive Technology.
Michelle is excited to be working alongside the ILC Schools Team to deliver therapy services and training to schools across Western Australia.
If you already have technology in the school such as iPads, Boardmaker software and Proloquo2Go communication app, our technology team runs regular professional development and training throughout the school year.
ILC WA has a range of resources and links to further support on our resources page. Some key areas include:
- Support handouts for communication devices
- Communication books and boards
- Handouts on implementing AAC within the classroom
- iPad app lists including communication and creating and sharing stories
- iPad app lists including visual supports, literacy development, literacy support, maths and lifeskills
- Resources for alternatives to handwriting
- iPad tip sheets for setting restrictions and using inbuilt features
- Keys for developing each access method
- App and software lists for each access method
- Assessment and monitoring sheets
- Additional videos and resources for implementing eye gaze technology in schools
Read our Therapy and Technology for Schools brochure below.
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