“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.
Prue Taylor – Speech Pathologist: B.Sc (Human Communication Science)
Prue joined the ILC in 2016 and has a passion for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and giving everyone the chance to have a voice. Prue has experience supporting AAC users and their families within home, school and community settings. Prue is based at the Independent Living Centre head office in Nedlands and continues to be passionate about developing her skills in working with school staff to support the implementation of AAC within the education environment. Training is also a strong interest of Prue’s, with the aim of spreading the importance of AAC and it’s message.
Emma McKinley – Speech Pathologist: B.Sc (Human Communication Science)
Emma joined the ILC in 2016 and has been working within the schools team since 2017. Emma also works within ILC’s Assistive Technology Service to provide state-wide information and advice on available technology to support communication and literacy. Emma continues to be passionate about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and helping people of all ages to communicate within school, home, work or community settings. Emma particularly enjoys working within schools and collaborating with teaching staff to help give every student a voice.
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.
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
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