Making MISP Accessible for All Students Using Visual Communication Cards
Making MISP an inclusive program for students with special needs, especially students with limited expressive and/or receptive language skills is easy using visual communication cards. The cares are about the size of a credit card and are double sided. Students with impaired speech or language difficulties can use these communication cards when:
- asking permission to give another student a massage
- accepting or declining a massage when asked by another student
- communicating their likes or dislkes about particular massage strokes.
Staff at Kalamunda Primary Education Support Centre have said that MISP:
- helps teach students about personal space
- develops an understanding about manners
- provides a good opportunity for students to follow step by step instructions
- has a calming effect on students especially when done after lunch or after a sports session
- teaches the students the difference between soft and firm touch
- encourages students to allow appropriate touch from others
- provides an excellent springboard for protective behaviour lessons
- supports visual and kinaesthetic learners
- improves students’ gross motor skills
- develops trust between students and helps develop friendships / buddies between different classes.