How to host a Silent Morning Tea for Key Word Sign Day

Have you ever tried to communicate with someone who didn’t understand you? Do you remember the frustration you felt?

While you may have only experienced this a couple of times, people with a communication difficulty can experience this every day. Many Australians don’t feel confident talking to people who have communication difficulties. We’re worried about awkwardness or misunderstanding the other person.

How can we change this?

This October 10 let’s celebrate Key Word Sign Awareness Day with a Silent Morning Tea! A silent morning tea sends a loud message to those with communication difficulties that we want to break down barriers and create an inclusive society.

Unsure where to start? Here are some tips to host a successful Silent Morning Tea using Key Word Sign.

1. Why not Host a Silent Morning Tea virtually this year?

Since many of us can’t physically gather at the moment, a great alternative is to take advantage of technology. Whether it’s via Zoom, Google Meetings, FaceTime or Messenger – the possibilities are endless! Start by getting people excited and interested in the silent morning tea and send out an invitation with the link to your event. Also, encourage people to download the free communication resources below to help them chat on the day and play fun games.

2. Invite people with complex communication needs to your event.

Include people who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication in your morning tea! Scope’s Community Educators have lived experience of disability, and they share their story with school groups, services and corporate clients so that they “see the person, not the disability”.

3. Make sure you have plenty of yummy food to enjoy.

You can’t have a Silent Morning Tea without the morning tea part! Make sure all your food is organised for the day, especially if you are hiring caterers. If you are hosting a virtual event, try to encourage everyone to make their own morning tea on the day. You could make a game out of it and decide who has made the most creative snack.

4. Have a prize for the winner.

Nothing beats some friendly competition. People love to know they can win a prize from a quick game. If you are hosting your event online, you can always organise a small gift to get delivered to someone’s house if they win. Send them a coffee mug, flowers, or chocolates and make their day.

Have a great Silent Morning Tea, and a happy Key Word Sign Awareness Day!

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Tag us at @scopeaust on social media, and use the hashtag #SilentMorningTea