01 March 2011

Parents and carers of children who use alternative or augmentative communication methods to overcome speech impairments or restrictions are invited to a meeting on Thursday (3 MAR) to set up a support network.

The Northamptonshire Augmentative and Alternative Communication Team, which is made up of specialist teachers, health and support professionals from schools in the county, has organised the meeting to give parents and carers the opportunity to meet other families with similar experiences.

The meeting will be attended a representative of the national charity 1Voice which promotes families supporting each other to overcome the isolation that being unable to speak can bring to children and their families. 1Voice has a network of branches across the country offering social & learning opportunities to AAC users, communication professionals, parents and carers.

Alternative or augmentative communication (AAC) aids are used when an individual’s ability to communicate is prevented or restricted, usually as a result of conditions such as cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy although it can also be as a result of a spinal injury or other injuries. Communication aids such as pictures, written words and technology can be used to communicate.

The meeting will take place on Thursday (3rd March) from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Camrose Centre, Northampton.

Anyone who would like to attend is asked to register their interest with Jane Neill by phone on 01604 636111 or email jneill@northamptonshire.gov.uk

For further information please contact: Anne Wakeling on 01604 636111 or Deb Pugh on 07887911953