Training

Senses Australia provides training, resources and consultation services to meet the needs of our clients as well as their families and carers.

12th February 2018 & 13th February 2018
Guiding Skills – 2 day course

Time – 9:00am to 4:30pm
Venue – Senses Australia, 11 Kitchener Road, Burswood
Cost – $480.00 (includes catering and materials)
RSVP – By 2nd February 2018 to Rachael Koch via email rachael.koch@senses.org.au

Guiding is a technique originally developed for people who are blind, which is also useful for people who have low vision or combined vision and hearing impairment who require support to navigate unfamiliar environments. Using this approach, the person with low vision holds on to the guide’s arm as they walk. It is important for the guide to lead by walking slightly ahead. Different people will have their own preferences about how they like to be guided.

This two day training provides participants with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to confidently and safely guide a person who is blind, has low vision or combined vision and hearing loss. The training is facilitated by experienced Senses Australia Orientation and Mobility Instructors. Participants will learn how to guide navigating a range of scenarios indoors, outdoors and using public transport.

Tuesday, 20th February 2018
Key Word Sign Workshop

Time – 9:00am to 4:30pm
Venue – Senses Australia, 11 Kitchener Road, Burswood
Cost – $140.00 (manual included)
RSVP – By Friday 9th February 2018 to Rachael Koch via email rachael.koch@senses.org.au

Key word sign is the use of manual signs and natural gesture to support communication. Key word sign is used to encourage and support language development in children and adults with communication difficulties.
Key word signing uses a core vocabulary of concepts and ideas considered to be the most appropriate for children and adults with communication and language difficulties.
Main words (or concepts) of a message are matched to a hand sign or using natural gesture or signs borrowed from Auslan. These signs are used with the word order of spoken English.

Monday, 12th March 2017 &; Tuesday , 13th March 2018
Communication Guide Training – 2 day course

Time – 9:00am to 4:30pm
Venue – Senses Australia, 11 Kitchener Road, Burswood
Cost – $480.00 (includes catering and materials)
RSVP – By 2nd March 2018 to Rachael Koch via email rachael.koch@senses.org.au

Communication Guide Training will provide participants with the necessary skills in supporting a person who is deafblind. The training will enable participants to confidently work and interact with someone who is deafblind. The topics covered include:
– Deafblind communication.
– Breaking down activities to provide the ‘just right’ level of support.
– Psychosocial impact of deafblindness.
– Adaptations and equipment.
– Ethics and boundaries.

Please note that sighted guide training is now a separate program.