TEACHING WITH ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION
Love - Patience - Perseverance
Nova is an educational programme for non-verbal children with complex communication needs accompanying physical disabilities head-quartered in Pretoria East, South Africa. Our children express themselves using a combination of natural methods and alternative communication technologies. At Nova, we believe that:
Every child has something to say.
Communication is more than the spoken word.
Everyone has potential to learn.
At Nova, we are rethinking how we educate children with complex communication needs in our modern context of digital-based learning, Covid-19 social distancing and the economic reality of families whose children have special needs.
Nova offers campus-, home- and station-based learning opportunities for children with complex communication needs across South Africa. Our ever-growing curriculum offers children who use alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) the opportunity to develop language, literacy and numeracy for life.
English accompanied by AAC is the language of Nova. This means that we communicate with children using spoken and modelled language. “Modelling” is what verbal communication partners do when they speak and use AAC at the same time.