Silent Morning Tea: Learn different ways to communicate over tea this October

The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) has designated October as International Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Awareness month. Scope celebrates International AAC Awareness month by encouraging people to get together during October, to share a Silent Morning Tea.


The concept for a Silent Morning Tea was developed by staff at Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre in 2007. It is held every year at Scope’s Box Hill office. In 2012 the event was publicised more widely and numerous organisations and businesses registered to participate. There continues to be an ever increasing number of local, national and international registrations every year. Registering to participate is FREE.

When you register to participate, we will email you a package of resources to download and use to plan and host your Silent Morning Tea.

Raise awareness

The Silent Morning Tea is an excellent communication awareness activity. Feedback indicates that this event raises awareness regarding the challenges faced by people with communication difficulties. It reminds everyone of some of the strategies and practices that support effective communication.

View our Silent Morning Tea Video.

We encourage you to share this video, or even show it as an introduction to your own Silent Morning Tea.

How it works

  • Organise a morning tea for work colleagues or friends.
  • Register with us, and download your resources and games to play on the day.
  • Print out the resources, game cards and instructions.
  • Show the video (above) on a projector or TV.
  • Play the games and enjoy your morning tea.
  • Remember, NO TALKING!!  Use pen and paper, sign language, apps, communication boards, etc. Be creative with your communication methods!
  • Laughing is okay!


Click here to register your silent morning tea, and receive a link to download our free resources!

More information

Communication access occurs when people are respectful and responsive to individuals with communication difficulties, and when strategies and resources are used to support successful communication. Visit our communication access page for more information about this.

For any other queries, contact Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre

Phone: 03 9843 2000