ABC (Achieving Better Communication) Groups

The ongoing pandemic has meant that we have been unable to return to face-to-face ABC sessions. We have continued to develop and deliver all our sessions online, which we have been doing since the initial 2020 lockdown. This means that we are continuing to provide consistent and timely support for communication development while the possibility of returning to face-to-face sessions remains very uncertain.

Our ABC at Home or School/Nursery programme, delivered via Zoom or Microsoft Teams, has supported more families to access sessions more easily. We have reduced the need to travel to sessions and can reach children in more rural and remote areas than ever before, as well as supporting children either at home or in school, whichever suits families’ individual circumstances best.

Children accessing ABC have a weekly group session throughout term time at the same time each week, with their ABC tutor and a group of up to 4 children. All children are placed in groups according to their communication stage. We work with children who use a variety of communication techniques, and tutors use speech, signed communication, written word and visual supports throughout sessions. Sessions are topic based, fun and interactive, building in repetition to allow the children to consolidate learning.

For those who cannot commit to a live weekly session, we offer bespoke pre-recorded videos. These have proved to be very popular with both families and schools choosing to use their pre-recorded sessions, which are emailed to them weekly along with supporting resources, at times and in ways which best suit their individual needs and circumstances.

We are receiving encouraging feedback from families accessing ABC at Home and School/Nursery, telling us how easily their child is adapting to the sessions and sharing their appreciation and thanks for how we have been able to continue supporting them at this time.

“Tyree has been enjoying the sessions. He seems more focused on the class than he would be in person.”

“The two zoom classes that Rosie has done with Katy have been great and she has been really engaged and enjoyed them”

We also run weekly Wee Song & Sign Circle sessions for children aged 0-3, these sessions are particularly aimed at those at an early stage of communication. You can read more about these here.

If you are a member of DSS you can access additional ABC at Home and School support and resources on our new online community platform (Hub 21). You can read more about this exciting new member offering here. If you would like to find out more about joining our ABC programme, please email abc@dsscotland.org.uk.

All of our online sessions comply with our Online Safeguarding policy, this can be accessed here, please take the time to read this policy prior to your session if you have any questions we are more than happy to answer them.