What is a Total Communication Environment?
Speaking Space uses signing (Makaton), symbols, photographs and speech to support all aspects of our day service. This means we can help people understand and express themselves by using a variety of good communication strategies. One of the reasons why we were awarded advanced status by the National Autistic Society is our excellent use of communication systems.
What will I learn?
Our main goal is for people to be as independent as they wish to be. We also focus on developing self-confidence, social communication skills and friendship skills. So these are the four main areas in which you will learn.
What groups can I join?
Our timetable changes 3 times a year and is based on what our Speaking Spacers want or need to learn. You will expect to see some of the following: drama, music, cooking, art, storytelling, social skills, relationship skills, Makaton, and community access groups.
How will I know I’m improving?
When you start at Speaking Space we will talk to you about your needs and goals, and will agree some targets for you to work on. We will meet with you regularly to see how this is going.