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Training

The KM CAT Service offers a range of training courses for professionals, parents and carers, including:

  • Scheduled courses held at our base in Ashford
  • Bespoke training, tailored to your requirements
  • Parent and Carer support, post equipment delivery - Shared Voices
  • E-learning (new courses added for 2019)

Scheduled Courses
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The scheduled training courses are run throughout the academic year (term time only). To find out more about each course and to book on, select the course link below to view the flyer and booking form:

Available Courses for 2019 to 2020:

Date Subject
Thursday 3 October 2019Focus on Eye Gaze (PDF, 186.0 KB)
Thursday 3 October 2019Information Day (PDF, 138.3 KB)
Monday 7 October 2019Prolouquo2Go (PDF, 167.7 KB)
Monday 28 October 2019Building Skills with Clicker 7 (PDF, 528.3 KB)
Thursday 31 October 2019Intro to AAC (PDF, 191.8 KB)
Monday 18 November 2019Using the Grid 3 (PDF, 167.0 KB)
Tuesday 4 February 2020Prolouquo2Go (PDF, 167.7 KB)
Thursday 6 February 2020Intro to AAC (PDF, 191.8 KB)
Monday 24 February 2020Building Skills with Clicker 7 (PDF, 528.3 KB)
Wednesday 4 March 2020Using the Grid 3 (PDF, 167.0 KB)
Thursday 19 March 2020Information Day (PDF, 468.9 KB)
Tuesday 28 April 2020Focus on Eye Gaze (PDF, 494.5 KB)
Monday 11 May 2020Using the Grid 3 (PDF, 167.0 KB)
Thursday 21 May 2020Building Skills with Clicker 7 (PDF, 528.3 KB)
Thursday 18 June 2020Information Day (PDF, 138.3 KB)

Please make sure you have read and understand the terms and conditions of booking. If you have any questions please contact the Kent CAT Service.

Free E-learning Courses now available
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New for 2019, we are really pleased to announce additional E-Learning courses that are now available through Kent CPD Online

To access the course, go to the login page and register for a free login and free access to the course. The current courses we have are:

Course Name Course DescriptionCourse Code 
AAC Little and OftenAAC: Little and Often is a useful introduction to Augmentative and Alternative Communication for all teaching staff and allied health professionals. The course will give an overview of the different types of AAC, and how to implement AAC with children and young people throughout the day, in a variety of activities.EL 17/024
Eye Gaze TechnologyThis module will explore the difference between ‘eye-pointing’ and ‘eye-gaze technology’. You will gain an understanding of the functional vision needed to access eye-gaze technology. You will learn about the difference between eye-gaze technology for leisure activities and eye-gaze technology as an access method for communication.EL 19/013
Beyond Requesting: Extending the Communication of Children with ASDPECS is a great way to begin communication for children with ASD. This course shows you how to move on from requesting, to other communicative functions, like ‘describing’ or ‘asking questions’.EL 19/006

The courses are hosted by The Education People, should you experience any difficulty creating your log in or accessing the courses, please contact The Education People

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Talking Mats ®
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Also new for 2019, we are now providing training for Talking Mats ® which is a person centred approach allowing individuals (verbal and non-verbal) to express their views, thoughts and feelings using symbols arranged on a mat. This approach allows people to express themselves on a range of topics important to them. For example, talking about their future or expressing concerns or difficulties in their lives. 

The course is one day, but split across two half days to allow all delegates time to reflect and develop their own communication skills. These are held 4 to 6 weeks apart and are on the following days:

Course 1Thursday 7 November 2019
Thursday 12 December 2019
Course 2Tuesday 11 February 2020
Tuesday 24 March 2020
Course 3Thursday 11 June 2020
Thursday 16 July 2020

Please view the flyer   (PDF, 463.2 KB) for more information about the training and course booking form. For more information about Talking Mats ® and examples of how it can be used, please visit the Talking Mats ® website

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Bespoke training courses
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The KM CAT Service also offers bespoke training, which allows you to tailor the content and format of a course to suit your needs. If you have a large or small group of staff who need introductory level, more advanced or a refresher session; which can take place over a whole day or short workshops, this could be a more practical option for you. Read the Bespoke Training Flyer (PDF, 668.5 KB).

To start the process of identifying what you would like and to generate a quotation from KM CAT for our Bespoke Training Service, please complete and return the Bespoke Training Application Form (PDF, 76.9 KB) by email to either kentcatadmin@kent.gov.uk or kcht.cat-admin@nhs.net.

Terms and conditions
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Please make sure you have read and understand the terms and conditions of booking. If you have any questions please contact the Kent CAT Service.

Please also make sure that you have fully read and agree to the booking terms and conditions:

  • Please allow one completed booking form for each delegate, for each course they are requesting to attend
  • If your place on the course is chargeable, we will require a purchase order number in advance and the invoicing address
  • By submitting your form, you are agreeing that your employer is aware of your application and they have consented to cover any costs
  • Cancellation Fees are:
    • 1 week or less = 25% of course fees + £12 Admin Costs
    • 48 hours or less = 50% of course fees + £12 Admin Costs
    • Non-attendance on course day = 100% of course fees + £12 Admin Costs.