Nicolle Flint Member for Boothby spoke in Parliament yesterday in the lead up to International Day of People with Disability - Australia about the wonderful organisations here in South Australia who support people with disabilities.
Kilparrin is proud to be recognised for the work we do with children/students who have a vision and/or hearing impairment and additional disability through our School and Statewide Support Service.
From the 18th-20th October 2018, Sarah Hains (AAC Coordinator) and Ellen Berbec (Assistive Technology Coordinator) attended a 2-day conference in Melbourne on the topic Alternative Access to Technology and Communication presented by Claire Cotter and Fiona Beauchamp, Occupational Therapist from Cerebral Palsy Education Centre.
The professional learning centred on understanding the multiplicity of skills and strategies involved in enabling a child with a physical disability and complex communication needs to access Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) aids and technology using alternative access methods (switching).
The workshop explored the movements required and strategies to support a range of children to learn the movements to become more automatic with their switch use for leisure and also for communication. There were numerous video case studies used to facilitate dynamic assessment, discussion and problem solving of real life situations and to demonstrate interventions and strategies over time.
The workshop covered understanding the different movements in cerebral palsy (and like conditions) and its importance in accessing switches as well as strategies to support the learning of movement for intelligible autonomous communication.
As well as the 2 day workshop, Sarah and Ellen visited the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre and Glenallen School.
Glenallen provides individual learning programs for students aged between 4.8 and 18 years, who have a physical disability and/or significant health impairment requiring paramedical support. There were many similarities to Kilparrin in the programs offered at Glenallen including the Four Blocks Approach to Literacy, Intensive Interaction, targeted AAC interventions, Independent Living Skills and Specialist Music lessons.
Kilparrin was invited to the opening of The Hendrie Street Inclusive Playground, just a few minutes walk from the Kilparrin Park Holme campus.
Candice Prosser from ABC News reported that "The $974,000 facility at Park Holme in the city's south-west has been custom-designed to allow children with special needs to play equally alongside others.
The Hendrie Street inclusive playground features specialist equipment and sensory areas for children with mobility needs, vision and hearing impairments and autism, and has now officially opened after more than two years in the pipeline.
"There's not a lot for children in wheelchairs so it's a wonderful opportunity for our kids … to explore and discover the world around them," Cathy Roche-Wells, principal of the nearby Kilparrin school for children with disabilities and sensory impairment, said.
The project was funded by the State Government, the Marion City Council and a series of donations.
It was developed in partnership with the Touched by Olivia Foundation, which is creating inclusive playgrounds around Australia known as Livvi's Place in memory of eight-month old Olivia Perkins, who died in 2006 from a rare illness.
This is the first Livvi's Place playground in South Australia.
The foundation's executive officer Bec Ho said the Park Holme playground was a great example of inclusive play areas."
See the full ABC News article here
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This webinar is a conversation between Leanne Longfellow (Special Education Planning) and Sarah Hains, Room 2 teacher at Kilparrin, who has been involved with developing an innovative assessment tool for students who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
'In 2015, we identified that our approach to communication was solely for the purposes of school work and we found that we were not supporting students to become autonomous communicators. The shocking reality for some of our students was the end schooling was approaching and we needed to support them to have a voice that would be understood in the community.'
With the support from Janelle Sampson (Speech Pathologist – Two Way Street) we began our journey to improve our classroom practice to support the development of student’s communication methods and modes.
This included creating an assessment tool that would support the development of communication skills inline with the Australian Curriculum General Capabilities. The Rubric of Communication Competence (RoCC) had been created to do just this and for this we have Janelle Sampson and Haylee Parfett (Hayley Parfett Speech Pathology) to thank.
The rubric has given teachers a chance to understand the communication process in more detail, and set small achievable goals with the overall aim being that their students become autonomous communicators. The data provided a basis for intervention and supported teaching staff to direct allied health services. This meant as teachers we needed to modify our classroom practice to support improvement in these areas. An example of this, was explicitly teaching the student to put their hand in the air to gain attention rather than crying. Our journey so far has provided students with access to curriculum whilst supporting their rights to say what they want to say and fortunately we have data tracking our progress as the years go on.'
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Kilparrin students participated in a disability specific Auskick program run by the SANFL during Term 2, 2017.
The SANFL have stated that "the program for children with a disability has proven to be such a success that it could be rolled out across South Australia"!
Through the weekly coaching program our students were supported to learn the skills of the game through appropriately modified activities and play football in a fun and safe environment .
In 2012 Jane Farrall became the Kilparrin Educator-in-Residence. This has been a stimulating and exciting learning experience. Jane continues to work with all class teachers and all learners in regard to literacy development. She is also working with all learners who are not already clients of another support service, e.g. Novita to support communication development. Jane is also a resource and support for staff who are creating resources for literacy and communication development. These resources are both high technology (for use on Interactive White Boards, Computers and iPads) and low technology (Flip chart, paper and object based).
Jane’s four days a session at Kilparrin are full. She is a remarkable resource for the school and the staff are making the best use possible of her time. She is very generous with her contributions to our learning and has offered advice in developing the computer system capacity across the school with a view to the future.
Every Literacy lesson has four components – The Four Blocks- they are Guided Reading, Self Selected reading, Writing tasks and Working with words.
Read more about Kilparrin’s journey here.
Every two years, ISAAC -Australia recognizes those people who are making a difference in the world of AAC, and the places that are supporting them to do so.
This year at the 2013 AGOSCI Conference Kilparrin won the The School/Organisation Award – This award is for a school or organization that has shown outstanding recognition and acceptance of AAC for someone who learns, works or participates there.
A new playground which opened in the city’s north-west in December last year, has been given the tick of approval by a group of children with hearing, vision and physical impairments.
More than 20 children from Kilparrin Teaching and Assessment School were invited to preview the Bonython Park Activity Hub on December 12, 2012, to test-drive the play equipment; including a 25 metre flying-fox, wheel-chair accessible merry-go-round and giant mouse wheel.