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PIP: a holistic approach to working with children and young people who use AAC

  • Lois Cameron (Talking Mats)
  • Sally Boa (Talking Mats)
Funding / Sponsorship: 
NHS Education for Scotland sponsored this project

'Promoting Inclusion and Participation’ (PIP) is an on-line AAC resource designed to help professionals take a holistic approach to working with children to support their wellbeing.


Three frameworks underpin the practice: International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health; Janice Light’s Communicative Competencies; and Getting It Right For Every Child wellbeing indicators. These are brought to life in a series of DVD vignettes which tell the stories from the perspective of the child and those involved with the child about the impact of AAC on the child’s day to day life 


PIP is a theory-based resource for the AAC team to encourage reflection and discussion about their interventions. Each section of the resource section is in three parts: Discussion and reflection; Applying theory to practice; Key things to think about.


This resource will help AAC practitioners understand the role that collaboration and involvement play in delivering outcomes; apply a holistic approach to assessment, implementation and review which places the child at the centre; recognise that as the child develops, so the level of different team member's involvement ebbs and flows; and apply an outcomes-focussed approach which is guided by what (and how) the child or young person wants to communicate.


  • J Light & D McNaughton (2014) Communicative Competence for Individuals who require Augmentative and Alternative Communication: a new definition for a new era of communication? AAC, 30(1), 1-18
  • World Health Organisation (2007) WHO ICF for Children & Youth. (ICF-CY). Genev, World Health organisation
  • Scottish Government (2010) A Guide to Implementing Getting it Right for Every Child. The Scottish Government
Level of Session 
Age Group 
Primary school
Secondary school
Special school