More Than Words: a support group for parents of nonspeaking children
March 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
About this group
More Than Words is a 6-week, peer to peer support group for parents/carers of nonspeaking children who are struggling to communicate / interact with others. No diagnosis is required to join this group.
For the duration of the group, we will meet on Zoom. Each week will begin with a presentation from facilitators (15- 20 minutes) on key topics. The rest of the session is an opportunity to get to know each other, ask questions and share our experiences. The group will help members to learn ways to communicate and interact with their nonspeaking child while supporting their communication development.
The group will meet on Thursday mornings starting 4th March from 10 – 11.30am.
Jade runs The Autism Page blog and is on the Management Team of Bristol Autism Support. Jade has a wealth of experience supporting her own two young sons who have speech delay.
Kate Laine Toner
Kate is the Founding Director of Bristol Autism Support. Kate’s daughter did not speak until the age of 4-1/2 and at 11 still has quite limited communication.
4th March – Communication Basics
This session will look at communication and autism. How to support early communication and strategies to encourage comprehension and communication.
11th March – Attention
Children need to learn to develop attention before they can learn to communicate. This session will look at strategies for improving attention including attention autism and special interests.
18th March – Using Visual Aids
Visual information is much easier for people to understand and using visual aids to support understanding is very important. This session will cover different types of visual aids and how to use them.
25th March – Alternative Communication
Speech is not a requirement for communication. In this session we will look at different communication methods such as Makaton and The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).
1st April – Interaction
Some children need to learn how to play and or interact with others. In this session we will cover some ideas to support interaction including intensive interaction and how to play with a child that finds interacting difficult.
8th April – Visual Learning
When a child communicates differently they will also learn differently. We will look at how to use visual learning strategies to help your child learn, including the TEACCH method and visual instructions.
Note: this group will run into Easter holidays. We will collectively decide whether to carry on through the holiday or take a break.
This is a free event but booking is essential. Please click here to book.