Course Name: Communication and Grace App Training
Date : Thursday, 28th June 2018
What is the Grace App?
Many children with autism or speech delay use pictures attached to a board to ask for what they need or say how they feel. These boards are stored in a book which the user carries around with them. Even when they begin to speak, they may be difficult to understand, so they rely on a growing picture vocabulary which can become very unwieldy.
As a mother of a little girl with autism with few words but a lot of pictures, I wanted to keep encouraging her speech development, but I wanted to be sure we always had the pictures we needed, wherever we went. This is why I created Grace App for Autism
The Grace App Training lasts for 2 hours* with a half hour for questions.
Attendees will learn:
1. The Six Steps to setting up Grace App as an Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) system.
Alternative Communication Strategies:
2. Saying No/ and Wait
3. Teaching First, Then
4. Differential Reinforcement
5. Asking for Help (Replacing inappropriate behaviour)
6. Tell me Where it Hurts
7. Shared Attention.
Please see the Grace App Website for more details http://www.graceapp.com
Here is what a recent attendee had to say about a Workshop:
I’m already familiar with the Grace App but I’ve yet to use it to its full potential. So I was really looking forward to hearing how exactly to implement the app in this workshop at Glenveigh Special School given by the lady herself, Grace app developer Lisa Domican.
Lisa is incredibly easy to listen to; she’s dynamic, witty and most importantly, she knows her stuff. Using a very engaging presentation, she took us through why she developed Grace, what she wanted to achieve by creating the app and then – how to use it. By interspersing the instructional with genuine examples of how she uses the app with her daughter, the idea of using an app and an iDevice became far less scary for those who may be apprehensive of swapping their PECS book for a high-tech option.
Lisa was also able to pass around iPod and iPad cases as examples of the best way to carry the device so it is a fully accessible communication system.
Any question asked was answered in a down to earth and clear manner and questions and queries were welcomed throughout the workshop, which I always appreciate. And Lisa is an avid listener; she has listened to parents throughout the development of the app and included their suggestions in subsequent updates.
If you are a parent of a ‘non verbal’ child, a teacher or a Special Needs Assistant and you are thinking of purchasing an app to help improve, enhance or inspire communication then I highly recommend the Grace app. It’s not overcomplicated and incredibly user friendly, which is exactly what, I want from an AAC type app. I don’t want to give up before I even begin. There’s also a comprehensive user manual on the Grace website.