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St Luke's Assessment of Communication

We have an assessment system, StAPPS that helps us record progress in communication - both receptive and expressive communication.

The StAPPS assessment was written using National Curriculum levels and speech and language ladder targets. It also combines the key features used in learning modern foreign languages for those who are embarking on this. Makaton and communication by augmentative means forms a key part of the system for looking at progress in communicating our needs.

PECS - Picture Exchange Communication System

PECS, allows children with little or no communication abilities to communicate using pictures. People using PECS are taught to approach another person and give them a picture of a desired item in exchange for that item. By doing so, the person is able to initiate communication. A child with autism can use PECS to communicate a request, a thought, or anything that can reasonably be displayed or symbolised on a picture card. PECS works well in the home or in the classroom.

PECS was developed in 1984 by Lori Frost, MS, CCC/SLP and Dr. Andrew Bondy. It was first used at the Delaware Autistic Program. The goal of (PECS) is to teach children with autism a fast, self-initiating, functional communication system. PECS begins with the exchange of simple icons but rapidly builds "sentence" structure.

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Makaton Signing

Makaton is designed to support spoken language – signs are used with speech, in spoken word order to help children and adults to communicate. Using signs can help children who have no speech (either because they have communication difficulties or are very young) or whose speech is unclear. Makaton is a visual way of communicating with your hands alongside spoken language.

Find out more information about Makaton by clicking on the link