Pioneering AAC Technology to aid our children and young people’s communication

October is International AAC Awareness Month, which seeks to raise awareness of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and the many different ways people can communicate using electronic devices.  Here we introduce you to some of the AAC devices used by Seashell Trust’s therapy team to help our children and young people to express themselves and communicate effectively. 

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A Day in the Life of Chloe

Chloe follows Royal College Manchester’s Sensory course and splits her time between living at home and in our state-of-the-art houses onsite. At the moment, Chloe shares a house with two other young adults who both have similarly complex physical skills, and their house is specially designed to help them maximise their independence with facilities like the rise-and-fall kitchen counters, ceiling track hoists and a sensory room.

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Your Time Changes Lives

At Seashell Trust, we believe that anyone can play sport - and everyone has the right to enjoy it! In fact, for children and young people with special needs, physical activities (like running, cycling or swimming) are a great chance to play with other children - they're fun, with a clear structure and none of the pressure to make yourself understood and understand other people that might make children with learning disabilities, autism or other communication difficulties feel worried about joining in. 

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Children enjoy fully inclusive CADS activity programme

This summer saw Seashell Trust hold our half term CADS events – two days of fully inclusive sport, music, art and games.  More than 70 children and young people had fun trying a range of activities including golf, swimming, athletics, playing musical instruments and arts and crafts.

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“Listen to Me”: Supporting Learners with Multi-Sensory Impairment (MSI)

MSI learners are a unique group of children with distinctive needs for learning and development. All children and young people with MSI experience the following difficulties:

- Access to information about the world
- Communication and forming relationships
- Independent movement and mobility

This presents huge challenges for their support and learning needs. A ‘one size fits all’ model is not effective and person-centred approaches are essential in planning interventions and packages of support.

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Giving Families More Tools To Stay Involved In Education

Whether you are practicing communicating so you can express yourself to your family, learning about social rules so you can visit more places in the community safely or even preparing for big events like attending a wedding or going on holiday, being able to transfer your learning from the classroom to your home is an amazing achievement, and one that offers up so many more opportunities to enrich your life outside school or college.

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Autism Accreditation Surveys

As part of our Autism Accreditation quality assurance, we want to make sure that autistic people, their families and other professionals are able to give their views about our service so that we can be sure we're getting it right.

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Oscar winning film demonstrates the importance of Communication for Life

Seashell Trust was delighted to see The Silent Child named best live action short film at last night’s Oscars. The British film tells the story of Libby, a profoundly deaf four year old who struggles to communicate until she is taught sign language by a social worker.  It features Maisie Sly in the title role, a six year old from Swindon who is also profoundly deaf.

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Greater Manchester High Sheriff visit

The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester Gerry Yeung and his wife Joanne visited Seashell Trust earlier this month, touring the site and delighting children like Lucas who loved trying on the Sheriff's hat!

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Scarecrow Festival

This half term, some famous faces were to be spotted around our onsite care homes - at least, some straw-filled lookalikes were. Children and young adults helped put the 'care' in Scarecrow Festival as each house decorated a scarecrow to resemble a famous popstar.

Any guesses who some of these might be?

This guitarist - with bright red hair - was spotted enjoying the sunshine in Stoller Close

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

Royal College Manchester's students have expanded the college newspaper, a termly newspaper published by the students describing what was going on around the college campus and often including items of interest like traffic surveys, information about extra-curricular activities and reviews. It's a great tool to make sure everyone hears about important changes and can get to know more about their fellow students.

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Lex Autolease volunteers get down to business!

On 7th September, a team of volunteers from Lex Autolease visited Seashell Trust's campus in Cheadle Hulme. The team of volunteers toured the site, meeting some of the staff (not least Chance, the hearing dog!) and students, and helped look after our gardens. The start of the new school year always means a lot of hustle and bustle onsite and their help means that more children and young people can keep playing in the gardens for longer!

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