BCAS Training Days
We run free regular courses for people using the service, speech and language therapists, parents, teachers and carers.
Our 2018 course timetable is yet to be finalised, to register your interest please contact Bristol Communication Aid Service on 0117 4145850 or email email@example.com
Software Training Sessions
These informal training sessions run every 6 weeks at BCAS, Claremont School, Henleaze park, Bristol, BS9 4LR.
These are free practical courses designed for anyone who has been through the BCAS service who would like to know more about making changes to an individual’s communication programme. If you are the allocated person who programmes words and photos onto an individual’s device and does the majority of the changes, this is an opportunity for you to learn more about managing the software and keeping the device content up to date.
These sessions can be for Mind Express, Snap + Core, Communicator or The Grid 2 or 3. Sessions will be allocated according to need.
For more information download BCAS Software Training Sessions.pdf
Mounting Awareness Training Day
BCAS, Claremont School, Henleaze park, Bristol, BS9 4LR.
This is a free interactive session to make those working in the area of AAC (SLTs/OTs, LSAs) aware of the mounting options and considerations involved when selecting an AAC device.
For more information download BCAS Mounting Awareness Training Day.pdf
Our attendees reported the following after attending the course.
"I now feel more confident with finding mounting solutions"
"It was really useful seeing a good range of mounts and fitting in the flesh!"
"This training has helped me be more aware about what to consider when making referrals to the BCAS service"
"The training was a great mix of practical demonstrations and information"
Low Tech Training Day
A day of free training looking into the world of low tech training resources from PODD to PEC's to Alphabet Charts to Auditory Scanning. The training is aimed at Speech and Language Therapsits, Teachers Teaching Asssitants, Support Wokers and other other professionals working with people who do or could use AAC
For more information download Low-tech AAC flyer.pdf
All of the attendees at our previous courses reported that after attending the training they felt increased confidence in making decisions about the appropriate low-tech equipment to introduce to a service user.
"All of the training was useful, really keen to attend the assessment training"
"I found it really useful how to choose vocab for communication books, and how to simplify published materials for the individual"
"I found out alot of information on AAC that I wasn't aware of"
"The course allowed me to consider AAC beyond requesting, and reminded me about the amount of modelling required"
AAC assessment in local teams
A day of free training exploring the assessment pathways suitable for use by local AAC service. This day will give you indepth knowledge of how to assess at this level and when to refer onto specialst AAC service
For More information download AAC Assessment in your local teams training day flyer~10.1.17..pdf
Access Study Day
A day of free training ran by the BCAS OT's exploring various communication aid access options. The day will focus on what local clinicians can do to support clients to maintain direct access by exploring settings and using aids such as styluses. Alternative forms of access will also be explored.
The next access study training day is on 23rd January 2018
Core Words, AAC & Pathways Power Academy - Snap and Core training
Tobii Dynavox are hosting a day based on their new vocabulary Snap and Core.
Venue: Bristol Communication Aid Service, Claremont School, Bristol
This one-day workshop will provide teachers, support personnel, teacher assistants, parents and other communication partners with information and strategies to more effectively interact with and teach children who are learning to use PODD communication books.