Implementation of Multi-Modal, Individualised Communication Systems for individuals with autism and intellectual disability

This course is intended to provide participants with the competencies and skills required to assess, plan and implement an individualised approach to expressive communication for individuals with autism and an intellectual disability in their learning environment.


  • Wednesday, 22 November, 2017
    9:00 am
Course Code:   CPE17ASD

Course Information

This course is intended to provide participants with the competencies and skills required to assess, plan and implement an individualised approach to expressive communication for individuals with autism and an intellectual disability in their learning environment.

Please note that this course will be offered either face to face or remotely for those people who are not in the Sydney area. Participants choosing the remote access option will have access to the filmed course. This will be made available via your course Dashboard which is accessed once you log in on 24th November.


Individuals with ASD and intellectual delay often present with complex communication difficulties. To support this, the use of multi-modal and individualised communication supports are often used to develop and extend their communication abilities across a range of learning environments.

Typical language development will be used as a framework to discuss the expressive communication needs of individuals with autism, across the spectrum and across their lifespan. Different types of expressive communication systems (including AAC) and/or strategies to develop expressive communication (which may include non-speech and/or speech and language development) will be included. A planning matrix, used by speech pathologists, will be introduced to explore appropriate strategies and/or types of AAC for individuals with ASD and ID.  This session will focus on exploring some of the potential barriers and relevant strategies to successfully implement a communication system for your client/s or child.

Upon successful completion of the program participants will be able to:

  • Understand how typical language development provides a framework for identifying the expressive communication needs of individuals with ASD
  • Use their knowledge of an individual’s learning profile, communication preferences and potential barriers to select and implement an appropriate approach to and/or strategies for supporting expressive communication development within a meaningful context
  • Develop an individualised plan for supporting the expressive communication of an individual with ASD considering the whole individual, their family as well as, short and long term communication goals

The course would suit people who are already employed or who are seeking employment as a speech pathologist or teacher, as well as parents/carers.

The course will be delivered by Giant Steps Speech Pathologists as a one day "in person" presentation at RIDBC Renwick Centre. The course will aim to engage participants in both theoretical and practical based learning activities with opportunities to discuss case studies on the use and implementation of multimodal, individualised communication systems for individuals with ASD and intellectual disability. All enquiries please email –




361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia


North Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.

Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.

North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.

Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.

Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.

Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few

* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.

Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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