What is the course about?
The course is about you developing your communication skills within a supportive group. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences and learn new ways to communicate. You will participate in social conversations, discussions and more structured activities. The needs of individuals will be addressed.
What will we cover?
You will identify your communication strengths and difficulties. You will set personal goals for change and work on this through conversation discussion and structured tasks including word games and activities. Some reading and writing activities will be included.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
1. Respond to specific questions.
2. Express your opinions/feelings/ ideas/experiences in group conversations.
3. To use more effective ways of supporting your speech, e.g. signing, sketching, writing.
4. Notice when you need to pause and retry a word during a conversation.
5. Ask for help with a task within the group or with a problem you are facing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for people with aphasia (a communication difficulty following a stroke or head injury). Some previous speech therapy is recommended. To join the group you will need to:
- Listen and respond to single words/gestures/pictures
- Respond to each other
- Share interests
Before joining the class,you will need an advisory session (free of charge) with one of the speech therapy team.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will join in group discussions, work with a partner or small groups. The tutor will guide the discussion and group work activities. Activities will be designed with individual needs in mind.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to attend another Build course and we can provide you with advice and support to help you access a course of your choice.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details