Involve Me is about finding out what is important to people with PMLD and supporting them to share this with others. Their preferences can then be used to influence decisions about their lives.
We want to make sure that people with PMLD at the sites are given the opportunity to communicate in whichever ways suit them. This will help staff find out what is important to them.
Each site in the project has been given a communication toolkit. This is to encourage staff to try different ways of communicating with people with PMLD.
The communication toolkit
Each site has been given the following items to help them support people with PMLD to communicate:
A Big Mack
This is a simple voice output communication aid. Someone can be supported to press it and activate a pre-recorded sound. This could be speech, environmental sounds, vocalisations. Download more information about Big Macks from the Call Centre website or visit the Liberator website.
An Etran frame
This is a clear perspex frame which objects, pictures or words can be placed. It is designed for people who rely on eye pointing. Because you are looking directly at the person, you can track their gaze. Download more information about Etran frames from the Call Centre website.
Talking Photo Album
This is a ‘flip-style' album. Voice messages and sounds can be recorded and activated next to each photo. These can be re-recorded. Information about Talking Photo Albums is available on the Inclusive Technology website.
Guide to using objects of reference
Objects of reference are where objects are used to signal what is about to happen or to stand for something that has happened. The sites have been given a guide which explains how to use objects of reference. Download more information about objects of reference from the Call Centre wesbite.
A guide to using symbols, signs and gestures
Although most people with PMLD won't use formal communication, some may use a few signs or symbols. Some people may also use or understand some gestures. The sites have been given a guide which explains how staff can use symbols, signs and gestures.