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Early Intervention: What happened to wait and see?

  • Helen Dixon

It is generally recognised that early intervention in AAC is important. The wait and see approach appears to have largely been abandoned. However what did happen to wait and see, is there still an argument for this? What, in the case of AAC, does early intervention mean? Can early be too early? Is there a ‘too late’? Is there a critical or optimum period for this intervention? Which kind of AAC should be introduced and when?

This presentation started as an essay for ACE North, was expanded and altered for ISAAC, and has now been altered and updated with additions from sessions attended at ISAAC. The presentation takes the form of looking at the literature in relation to the questions asked and relating this to some of the local children I have worked with in 20 years of working with people who use AAC.

Level of Session 
Age Group 
Primary school