Demonstrate an ability to support a person with a communication impairment

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Demonstrate an ability to support a person with a communication
impairment
Level
4
Credits
5
Purpose
People credited with this unit standard are able to: describe the
communication process; demonstrate an understanding of augmentative
communication strategy; demonstrate an awareness of assessing for
communication; and recognise, and demonstrate an augmentative
communication strategy used by a person with a communication impairment.
Subfield
Community Support
Domain
Human Services
Status
Registered
Status date
20 March 2008
Date version published
20 March 2008
Planned review date
31 December 2013
Entry information
Open.
Replacement information
This unit standard replaced unit standard 1842 and unit
standard 1843.
Accreditation
Evaluation of documentation and visit by NZQA and
industry.
Standard setting body (SSB)
Community Support Services Industry Training
Organisation Limited
Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP) reference
0024
This AMAP can be accessed at http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/framework/search/index.do.
Special notes
1
The performance of all elements of this unit standard must comply with any relevant
cultural or legislative requirements including the rights and responsibilities of people
receiving services or supports as outlined in the Health and Disability Commissioner
(Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights) Regulations 1996.
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2
In this sector, support given to a person should be given in a manner that maximises
the independence of that person. Support must be appropriate to the needs of the
person and utilise existing strengths and, wherever possible, optimise the use of the
local community. Performance of the elements of this unit standard must fit within
these broad parameters.
3
It is preferred that people seeking credit for this unit standard demonstrate
competence and be assessed in the workplace. This can be through paid or unpaid
employment, or in placements in a service provider workplace negotiated by an
education provider. Assessment against elements 2, 3, 4 and 5 can be simulated
where naturally occurring opportunities for assessment do not exist.
4
An ability to integrate theory with practice in the workplace should be demonstrated.
This will call for a variety of modes of assessment and forms of evidence to show
consistency of performance across a range of situations.
5
Definitions
Communication impairment is an abnormality or loss of psychological, physiological
or anatomical structure or function, which affects a person’s ability to communicate
with others.
Augmentative communication refers to forms of communication that augment, or add
to, speech, or are used instead of speech when speech is non-existent or
unintelligible. Examples of augmentative communication include signing,
communication books, and electronic devices.
The recognised theoretical model referred to in this unit standard is that developed
by the Crisis Prevention Institute, LaVigna-Willis Model. This model can be found in
the following publication: Progress Without Punishment: Effective Approaches for
Learners With Behaviour Problems (New York, NY: Teachers College Press, 1998);
Donnellan, Anne M; LaVigna, Gary W; Negri-Shoultz, Nanette; and Fassbender,
Lynette. This is available from major educational retailers.
Current speech language communication principles include but are not limited to
those outlined in Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Supporting Children
and Adults with Complex Communication Needs 3rd ed. (Baltimore, MD: Paul H
Brookes, 1999); Beukelman, David R; and Mirenda, Pat. The latest version (2005) is
available at http://www.brookespublishing.com.
Elements and performance criteria
Element 1
Describe the communication process.
Performance criteria
1.1
Description defines communication in terms of current speech-language
communication principles.
Range
1.2
verbal, vocalisation, body language, gesture.
Communication is described in terms of function, strategy, acknowledgement,
and current speech-language communication principles.
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1.3
Ways that enhance communication are described in terms of factors that
promote successful communication with a person with communication
impairment.
Range
1.4
environmental, communication partners, communication
strategies.
Barriers to communication are described in terms of factors that reduce the
likelihood of successful communication with a person with a communication
impairment.
Range
environmental, communication partners, communication
strategies.
Element 2
Demonstrate an understanding of augmentative communication strategy.
Performance criteria
2.1
An augmentative communication strategy is described in terms of a reason why
a person with a communication impairment would use this strategy.
Element 3
Demonstrate an awareness of assessing for communication.
Performance criteria
3.1
Behaviour is defined in terms of a recognised theoretical model.
3.2
The definitions are in terms of objective and observable actions.
3.3
Three reasons for baseline information gathering are described in terms of
current communication assessments.
3.4
Key components of a communication assessment are identified and an example
given of information gathered in terms of a person with a communication
impairment’s situation.
Range
disability information, communication environments,
communication partners, communication strategies,
communication goals;
evidence is required of a minimum of three components.
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Element 4
Recognise an augmentative communication strategy used by a person with a
communication impairment.
Performance criteria
4.1
An augmentative communication attempt used by a person with a
communication impairment is recognised in terms of the communication
strategy and intended message.
Element 5
Demonstrate an augmentative communication strategy with a person with a
communication impairment.
Performance criteria
5.1
Importance of communication partners using an identified augmentative
communication strategy is described in terms of consistency and increased
success rate.
5.2
Two ways in which a communication attempt by a person with a communication
impairment may be acknowledged are described in terms of own behaviour.
5.3
Use of an augmentative communication strategy with a person with a
communication impairment is demonstrated in terms of accuracy and
appropriateness.
5.4
Progress in relation to use of an identified augmentative communication
strategy is recorded.
Range
5.5
date, strategy (ies) used, receptive language, expressive
language, communication partners, evaluation.
Planning for ongoing implementation of the communication plan is described in
terms of commitment to the strategy.
Please note
Providers must be accredited by NZQA, or an inter-institutional body with delegated
authority for quality assurance, before they can report credits from assessment against
unit standards or deliver courses of study leading to that assessment.
Industry Training Organisations must be accredited by NZQA before they can register
credits from assessment against unit standards.
Accredited providers and Industry Training Organisations assessing against unit standards
must engage with the moderation system that applies to those standards.
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Accreditation requirements and an outline of the moderation system that applies to this
standard are outlined in the Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP). The
AMAP also includes useful information about special requirements for organisations
wishing to develop education and training programmes, such as minimum qualifications for
tutors and assessors, and special resource requirements.
Comments on this unit standard
Please contact the Community Support Services Industry Training Organisation Limited
[email protected] if you wish to suggest changes to the content of this unit
standard.
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