Communication Passport

Silvia Angel

Early Intervention Specialist

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Read here about Communication Passports for children with disabilities. Plus, download a passport I have created for your child/students.

Communication passports for children with disabilities

One of the main questions for parents of children with disabilities over the last two months has been, what would happen if I became sick? Who would look after my child/children? This is a concern for all parents, but particularly parents of children with autism or significant language delays.

Children with autism often have difficulties with social interaction, including establishing and maintaining relationships and communicating with others. This, in turn, affects how they interact with family members and friends.

Some family members might struggle to understand or to cope with an autistic child; therefore, parents may have a limited number of people with whom they can leave their child.

Parents need to identify those who can help look after their child/children in an emergency and make a plan based on this. The current Covid-19 pandemic has reminded families that they need to plan for unexpected events.

As Covid-19 seems to be giving us a little breathing space at the moment, it’s an excellent time to make a plan and create a communication passport.

Download your free Communication Passport

I have created a communication passport for you to use with your student or your child.

You can add your child’s information, and also add a picture of your child if you wish.

The passport layout is a tri-fold double-sided printable.

*FOR BEST USER EXPERIENCE AVOID USING ON MOBILE*

HELP

Some notes on using the free form filler.

After you click on the link, you will be taken to a page where you can edit the contents of the pre-made template I have designed. You can fill in all the information about your child or student in a step by step manner but you can also randomly make your selections too.

You can even upload a picture of the child. (Note the photo can be edited within the application to suit (Crop, resize etc). The preview will be smaller than the actual final print, so don’t worry if the photo doesn’t look right in the preview.

It can be printed on your standard home printer but the resolution is also high enough to be printed by a professional print outlet if you wish to get a more durable print.

Folding Instructions: (Larger View)

Download Example PDF

To help you to fill out the online Communication Passport, I have created an example one that you can download and review here.

What is a communication passport?

A communication passport is a document that shares important information about your child to help other people to get to know him or her. Parents and teachers usually write the passport, but if your child can contribute, make sure they have their say. The passport is an important document, particularly when your child has to go to unfamiliar places with people they may not know well.

The passport has information about the little things that are very important and unique to your child. For example, your child may only eat a particular brand of bread, or be very sensitive to loud noises, or there may be specific things that they find upsetting. The passport will contain all of this information, so if your child has to spend time with someone else, they will have this valuable information to hand.

How to write a passport?
The passport is written from the child’s point of view and must be easy to understand. You can include pictures, symbols and drawings to make it more personal, so the child might even want to show it and read it to others.

Passports are typically printed and laminated or created in a digital format for easy sharing.
Make sure you include all relevant and up to date information such as what the child likes, dislikes, what is the best way to do things with the child, how to communicate, what to do when the child is upset and also include daily routines.

Who should have a communication passport?
Anyone who needs help to communicate important information about themselves needs a communication passport. Even children with autism who are verbal can benefit from having one, because the child may have difficulties communicating if they are under stress or overwhelmed.

Having an updated passport can also help relieve stress for parents. If there is an emergency, they will know that all the information is in one place and whoever is looking after their child will have the information they need.

How can I make one for my child?
I have created a small communication passport template for you to populate. You can download it from the link below.

This is a basic passport that you can print and fold like a flyer so you can always have it in your child’s bag.
When you download the document, you will see a sample passport to give you an idea of the type of information you can include, and you will also see the blank template for you to use.

It only takes a short while to fill in this communication passport, and it will give you the peace of mind that in the case of an emergency, whoever is looking after your child has all information they need.

My Programmes

THE CIRCLE PROGRAMME

The CIRCLE programme is an online programme for teachers, SNAs and pre-school teachers working with children with additional needs.

I developed this programme based on years of working as an early intervention specialist, supporting teachers to make schools and pre-schools more inclusive.

This training includes everything educators need to know, do, and understand in order to adapt activities so that all children can be active participants in the classroom.

My aim is to help teachers and SNAs to feel informed, confident and well equipped to support children with special needs without the stress and endless hours of planning, preparing and creating resources.

This programme includes expert advice, a hands-on practical class, and a bonus session on supporting parents of children with disabilities.

Learn more about the programme, dates and testimonials here.

Starting in July, make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.