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Framework for Communication

a) Discuss strategies for teaching functional communication skills.

b) Discuss the purpose of communication (pay special attention to the basic communication functions).

c) Examine opportunities to communicate in natural settings.

d) Your "Framework for Communication" plan should include (i) interactions, (ii) schedule, (iii) classroom design, (iv) training for staff, (v) and 10 specific strategies you will implement to immerse students with communication in the classroom.

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Your response here depends on the level of disability, but I will assume a moderate intellectual disability, as this is the group who do most work in communication.

One really useful strategy is using visual support, a topic you will find lots of information on on the web, but here is a good definition from Wikipedia...

Visual communication as the name suggests is communication through visual aid and is described as the conveyance of ideas and information in forms that can be read or looked upon. Visual communication in part or whole relies on vision[1], and is primarily presented or expressed with two dimensional images, it includes: signs, typography, drawing, graphic design, illustration, colour and electronic resources. It also explores the idea that a visual message[2] accompanying text has a greater power to inform, educate, or persuade a person or audience.

I suggest you read more on these and then ...

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This solution provides a definition of visual communication, appropriate for people with disabilities. It describes the major functions of communication and gives some excellent general strategies for teaching.

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