Communication Skills Development Resources

Communication strategies and methods

Association for Video Interaction Guidance UK – Video Interaction GuidanceTM is an intervention through which a practitioner aims to enhance communication within relationships.

Video Interaction Guidance – Sheridan Forster (Speech Pathologist).

Intensive Interaction – Intensive interaction is an approach for teaching communication skills to children and adults who have autism, severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties who are still at early stages of development (Intensive Interaction Insitute, UK).

Intensive Interaction Australia – Dr Mark Barber (PhD).

Intensive Interaction: Using Body Language to Communicate – Intellectual Disability and Health (UK).

Factsheet: Intensive interaction (BILD).

Communication: Helpful strategies for people who have difficulties in communicating and being understood – Practice Guide by Kent University, Tizard Centre.

Communication First Principles – Explores the ‘first principles’ when working with people who have Complex Communication Support Needs (CCSN). The suite includes practice guides based on seven evidence based principles for good communication partners (Centre for Applied Disability Research).


Collection of free communication resources

The Communication Bill of Rights – Poster

Communication Rights Australia – website

Scope (Victoria) has a collection of free resources available for you to download.


Accessible communication resources

Scope (Victoria) has a collection of free resources available for you to download.

Communication Access – Scope Victoria. Promotes business and services to be communication accessible. Includes resource booklet.

AGOSCI  – inclusive group interested in enhancing the participation of all people with complex communication needs.


Education communication resources

Teachers’ Toolkit – aims to help teachers feel more confident to engage and support their students with little or no speech, by equipping them with the latest information and practical step-by-step recommendations. Developed  by Communication Rights Australia.


AAC resources

iPad Apps for Complex Communication Support Needs: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), CALL Scotland 2018.

Discover AAC – From Discover AAC.

International Association for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).