Assist and support the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver HLTAH412C, 'Assist and support the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for the development of augmentative and alternative communication systems

1.1 Obtain information about requirements from the speech pathologist

1.2 Confirm the communication goals with the speech pathologist

1.3 Determine need for interpreter where the client has English as a second language

1.4 Confer with allied health professional about any ambiguities or requirements outside scope of role and responsibilities as defined by the organisation

2. Assist in the development of augmentative and alternative communication systems

2.1 Confirm the nature of the communication system and implications for resource requirements with speech pathologist

2.2 Confirm client's previous and current abilities with the speech pathologist to inform choice and presentation of resources

2.3 Select resources following speech pathologist's directions

2.4 Consult with speech pathologist to ensure that resources are appropriate to the individual and their communication system, the type of therapy and the specified communication goals

2.5 Identify existing resources, adapt them and use them in an imaginative and flexible manner within the directions of the speech pathologist

2.6 Make resources

2.7 Ensure resources are not hazardous to the individual or others, and satisfy health and safety requirements

3. Support the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems

3.1 Identify the type of communication system used by a client prior to making contact

3.2 Make appropriate power supply available

3.3 Prepare appropriate resources and equipment to facilitate communication via the communication system

3.4 Set out equipment and furniture for client comfort and optimum access to the communication system, in line with health and safety procedures and guidelines and according to the directions of the speech pathologist

3.5 Liaise with the speech pathologist and other relevant health professionals to assist the client to access the system in regard to physical comfort and any specific positioning and mobility requirements

3.6 Use appropriate mode of communication in communicating with the client

4. Clean and store equipment

4.1 Clean any material and equipment according to manufacturers requirements

4.2 Store material and equipment according to manufacturers requirements and organisation protocols

4.3 Report equipment faults to appropriate person

5. Document client information

5.1 Use accepted protocols to document information relating to the program to assist with the use of a communication system in line with organisation requirements

5.2 Use appropriate terminology in reporting