5 Things to Tell Families Who Feel Unsuccessful with AAC

August 27, 2013 by - Leave your thoughts

5 Things to Tell Families Who Feel Unsuccessful with AAC
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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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This post was written by Carole Zangari

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