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Supporting AAC Users to Talk About Bereavement or Loss

Session 
7.5
Personal experience
  • Shelagh Crossley
  • Jane Kitson
Summary

The aim of the session is to raise awareness, facilitate discussion, and share information following a project to support young people who use AAC to cope with bereavement. The project considered how young people using AAC could share their grief and communicate their concerns and worries following the death of a friend of family member.

Initially the project set out to look at existing materials but quickly found there was very little available. This led to the consideration and development of suitable page sets and vocabularies and how best to present them. We were very aware of the issues of providing suitable vocabulary for our pupils. The next stage was how and when to introduce these sensitive issues and to ensure the pupils have access to suitable vocabulary and systems when the ever the need arises.

This is very much ‘work in progress’ and this session is an opportunity to share ideas and experiences with other professional, AAC users and their families.

Level of Session 
2
Age Group 
All Ages
Interest 
Topic of interest to people who use AAC
Primary school
Secondary school transition
Mainstream
Special
Further/Higher Education