Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies

Formats and tools

Unit Description
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Assessment Tool
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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 CHCDIS411A, 'Communicate using augmentative and alternative communication strategies'.
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. Identify the current communication ability and needs of the person

1.1 Work in collaboration with relevant others to identify the communication needs of person with a disability

1.2 Use appropriate tools to identify the level of their current communication ability, in line with own work role and organisation requirements

1.3 Document the outcomes of this process in line with organisation procedures

1.4 Identify the need to consult with additional people including family members

1.5 Make appropriate referrals to professionals and other service providers as required

2. Develop effective augmentative and alternative communicationstrategies

2.1 Apply understanding of augmentative and alternative communication

2.3 Develop communication strategies to meet individual needs and level of communication

2.4 Take into account the person's history and preferences when developing communication strategies

2.5 Adjust available tools and programs to address individual needs and preferences

2.6 Seek advice from other staff and relevant others

3. Implement augmentative and alternative communication strategy

3.1 Demonstrate the use of different strategies and devices in augmentative and alternative communication

3.2 Apply understanding of participation model as a communication strategy

3.3 Document communication strategies in the person's communication support plan or person-centred plan

3.4 Organise the environment to optimise communication opportunities

3.5 Reinforce communication by timely and appropriate response

3.6 Identify difficulties experienced by the person communicating and respond to difficulties within own work role and responsibilities

3.7 Communicate difficulties outside own role and responsibilities to appropriate person

3.8 Contribute to consistent use of the communication strategy by following established directions, by providing information and training and by maintaining contact with other users or support persons

3.9 Set up and maintain recording system to assist with monitoring and review

4. Monitor, report and review communication strategies

4.1 Review recordings to monitor success of communication strategies and make changes as required

4.2 Identify barriers to the effective use of augmentative and alternative communication strategies and devices

4.3 Work with other relevant people to overcome the barriers

4.4 Implement any modifications to communication strategies and devices

4.5 Identify opportunities to increase communication vocabulary

4.6 Maintain records according to established directions and within organisation protocols

Qualifications and Skillsets

CHCDIS411A appears in the following qualifications:

  • CHC40108 - Certificate IV in Aged Care
  • CHC40208 - Certificate IV in Home and Community Care
  • CHC52008 - Diploma of Community Services (Case management)
  • CHC40308 - Certificate IV in Disability
  • CHC50508 - Diploma of Leisure and Health
  • CHC40708 - Certificate IV in Community Services Work
  • CHC42508 - Certificate IV in Community Services (Information, advice and referral)
  • CHC30408 - Certificate III in Disability
  • CHC30808 - Certificate III in Education Support
  • CHC41108 - Certificate IV in Pastoral Care
  • CHC41008 - Certificate IV in Community Services Advocacy
  • CHC50108 - Diploma of Disability
  • CHC52310 - Diploma of Community Services (Development and/or Humanitarian Assistance)
  • CHC42108 - Certificate IV in Career Development
  • CHC40312 - Certificate IV in Disability
  • CHC41112 - Certificate IV in Pastoral Care
  • CHC40212 - Certificate IV in Home and Community Care
  • CHC42512 - Certificate IV in Community Services (Information, advice and referral)
  • CHC50512 - Diploma of Leisure and Health
  • CHC41012 - Certificate IV in Community Services Advocacy
  • CHC52312 - Diploma of Community Services (Development and or Humanitarian Assistance)
  • CHC30812 - Certificate III in Education Support
  • CHC42112 - Certificate IV in Career Development
  • FNS50115 - Diploma of Personal Injury Management

And the skillsets: