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Student Nicole
Age 18
School Secondary

Nicole enjoys socialising with others. Nicole is in a class with seven other students, two teachers, and three support staff at a special school. Nicole communicates with others in a variety of ways, including some special hand gestures.

Sometimes Nicole will repeat certain phrases, particularly when she attempts to interact with others in her class. She will call out to them and say, “How are you?” several times. She will use “enough” to signal that she wants to finish something, such as a meal or an activity. To support her communication, Nicole sometimes uses a Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) as a visual prompt. These visuals are particularly helpful to communicate her news between home and school. They are also used to assist her in decision-making.