Prior’s Court adopts the Total Communication approach to help autistic young people here form connections, ensure meaningful interactions and support exchanges of information. Total Communication honours and accepts all forms of communication and we support a combination of methods so that communication can be individualised for each young person.

Modes of communication that are included in the Total Communication Approach at Prior’s Court include ‘Primary Systems’ or Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), such as spoken language or communication book or iPad; and ‘Supporting Methods’, such as sign, objects, or body movements. 

Each young person is assessed by our team of Speech and Language Therapists to determine the most appropriate and robust ‘primary system’ to support any other method of communication.

Communication is one of our seven Areas of Learning which makes up the Prior's Court Learning Framework.

Find out more about the Communication Area of Learning