The fundamental aim of AAC intervention is to develop participation in all situations and yet research suggests AAC is more likely to be used in educational contexts rather than natural contexts. For almost all children the most natural context is the family and any AAC intervention will affect not only the AAC user but also the parents and siblings.
This presentation describes how the Northamptonshire AAC team is working with parents of children using AAC to develop their confidence and knowledge of the AAC process. It will describe a small-scale AAC project exploring the perspectives of the AAC user in terms of their communication preferences and the views of their parents on their child's communication and the County AAC service. The session will discuss ways in which Northamptonshire is developing service delivery and provision for families.