This morning I bravely donned my waterproofs and headed into Edinburgh to do an informal training session for a group of parents at the offices of Kindred in Edinburgh. It was pleasure to meet those who attended and to learn more about their children and their experiences in relation to supporting communication.
For those of you who don’t know about Kindred, it is an Edinburgh-based charity which provides a host of support to families of children who have learning difficulties (including autism). Kindred offers a huge variety of support from advocacy services to simply providing a listening ear. If you live in the area and you have a child with a learning issue, I’d strongly recommend a look at the Kindred website.
Today, I joined one of the parent groups and we did a session aimed at developing understanding of the key areas to think about when you’re supporting a young person’s communication skills. Broadly speaking, we discussed:
- Understanding the child or young person’s communicative abilities
- How to make the most of the environment the child is in and build in opportunities for communication.
- Tips for helping the child’s communication partner to get the best from the child’s communication skills.
I look forward to working with Kindred again in the future!