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 Feedback

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.

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