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Genetic conditions and loss of communication skills - Where does AAC fit? 

Presented by Lottie Morison

When: Monday 8th April 2024

Where: Online via zoom

This is a LIVE 60 minute webinar, free for AGOSCI members. 

A recording will be available for AGOSCI members afterwards. 


$0 - AGOSCI members 

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Webinar Overview

There are many genetic conditions with paediatric and adult-onset that cause loss of communication skills.

Changes in speech, language and augmentative and alternative communication skills are important for identifying regression. In fact, speech and language features are often the very first signs of a genetic condition.

Changes in speech, language and augmentative and alternative communication skills can be sensitive markers of progression and response to treatment.

Join this webinar to consider how speech pathologists and other clinicians can work with families to support communication and plan for future communication needs for an individual experiencing a loss of skills.


Lottie Morison

Lottie is a paediatric speech pathologist currently completing her PhD at Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The University of Melbourne. Lottie's research focusses on children who have genetic conditions and complex communication needs, and how this research can inform tailored support and care for individuals with genetic conditions and their families. Lottie also has a particular interest in childhood-onset conditions that involve skill loss, including childhood dementia.

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The Communication Capability Approach: embedding consumer choice into device recommendations

Presented by Dr. Andy Smidt and Chloe Wine

When: Tuesday 26th March 2024

Where: Online via zoom

This is a LIVE 120 minute webinar, free for AGOSCI members and at a cost for non-members to access. 

*Note: There will be NO RECORDING available afterwards. 


$0 - AGOSCI members 

$100 - non AGOSCI members

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Webinar Overview

For people who have complex communication needs and are recommended alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), getting the “right” device is an investment of time and money. However, device abandonment remains common, and researchers have attempted to investigate the causes of people abandoning devices. An alternate approach to AAC device prescription is the Communication Capability Approach (CCA) which uses the capability approach from Amartya Sen. This framework supports clinicians to view AAC users choosing how to communicate according to context and environment as a valid choice of the individual rather than viewing this as abandonment. In this workshop, we will unpack the Capability Approach and support attendees to consider the factors needed to create acceptance of AAC and success in communication.

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • understand the communication capability approach (CCA) and how it supports AAC device prescription
  • reconceptualise the AAC user as competent and able to exercise self-determination and agency in their choices.

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Got A Communication Aid, Now What?!

Presented by Scope Australia

When: 9th April, and 23rd April 2024*

*Note: This is a 2-part interactive workshop. Attendance at both sessions is required.

Where: Online via zoom

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This workshop will cover:

  • The different types of communication aids and their purposes
  • How use comprehensive communication aids effectively
  • Goal-setting for improved AAC use
  • Planning for sustained AAC

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Registration Price Includes:

  • 2 x Live Online Workshops capped at 10 people per group to ensure time for individual participation; And

  • Access to a 1:1 consultation with the workshop facilitator within 6 months of the workshop to discuss your individual needs and questions; Plus

This workshop is proudly brought to you by AGOSCI and Scope


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AGOSCI early career peer support meeting for professionals new to AAC

Hosted and facilitated by the AGOSCI team

If you are a health professional who is new to working in disability or AAC, feeling isolated or overwhelmed, this group is for you.

When: 2024 dates TBC. Watch this space!

This event is open to AGOSCI members as a free member benefit. Join AGOSCI today!

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