PrAACtical Thinking 5 Things to Tell Families Who Feel Unsuccessful with AAC

Published on August 27th, 2013 | by Carole Zangari

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5 Things to Tell Families Who Feel Unsuccessful with AAC

As readers of this blog know, we are sometimes awed and inspired by families of people with AAC needs. There are many who seem to know just what to do and make it a priority to implement AAC in their homes. It isn’t always smooth sailing, though, and we often rack our brains to find ways to support famiies who are struggling. Here are some prAACtical ideas of things to say when a family member is feeling unsuccessful.

1. “Take small bites: You don’t have to revolutionize your household to help your child/parent. Do what you can do, when you can do it. Small 5 Things to Tell Families Who Feel Unsuccessful with AACchanges are more sustainable, anyway.”  

2. “Starting over is better than giving up: Yes, you may have tried XYZ before but things are different now. Let’s give it another shot.”

3. “I won’t judge you. ” Say it and mean it.

4. “You’re not alone.” Help them connect with other families traveling this road. There is no substitute for parent-to-parent conversations.

5. “I’m here: You can call me with concerns, email me for resources, text me quick questions, or stop by to do some problem-solving. I’m not going anywhere.”


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Carole Zangari

Carole Zangari has been involved in the practice and teaching of AAC for over 20 years. She is a professor of speech-language pathology and has been fortunate to have been able to introduce many children and adults to the world of AAC. "Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Theodore Roosevelt

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