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Supporting parents/carers of young people who use AAC through evidence-based workshops

Practice Report
  • Nicky Ford (KeyComm Resource Centre)
  • Debbie Jans (KeyComm Resource Centre)

To describe parent/carer workshops compiled, delivered and evaluated at KeyComm to enhance the support provided to parents/carers of people who use AAC. This was aimed at supporting parents/carers to come up with practical ideas for how to support communication technology at home, and to introduce parents/carers to using the CODES Framework. The CODES Framework is a tool used to support collaborative target setting and the extension of AAC users' functional communication skills.


After a review of the evidence-base of what support and training is wanted by parents/carers/families of people who use AAC, and an audit of the support already provided by KeyComm and local SLTs, the training workshop was designed to meet support needs identified. A series of practical exercises was designed for parents/carers to complete in a small group and then take away an action plan. The action plans were shared with local SLTs. Feedback was obtained.


Parents gave each other peer support and shared their experiences and ideas with each other. Local SLTs reported increased engagement from the parents in proactively asking for support and being more confidently involved in setting communication targets using the CODES Framework.

Level of Session 
Age Group 
Primary school
Secondary school