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Parents’ Experiences

Here is what some of our past participants have said:

‘The training program has empowered me to have a go, spend time…time is what I need and it (the device) will get easier.’

‘Watching the growth in my child as he used more and more AAC each week…was fantastic’

‘Wonderful to meet other families in similar positions!’

‘What a fantastic program – supporting families learning about AAC’

AAConnect for Parents and Carers

Research has shown that, without training, people don’t always demonstrate skills necessary to support communication for individuals who rely on Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) and that short term intervention focused on parent implementation of strategies learned in a clinical setting, and then carried over at home, showed increased AAC use.

Kids Plus has designed the AAConnect program to advance your knowledge of AAC implementation to better support communication and foster more engaging and effective interactions for you and your child.

In 2021, Kids Plus will be conducting a 10-week program consisting of interactive group workshops focusing on AAC.

These workshops are specifically designed for parents, carers or educators of young people who currently use AAC or who are about to embark on their AAC Journey.

Learning objectives include:

  • Develop strategies to support the use of AAC systems and how to be an effective communication partner
  • Increase knowledge of your child’s communication systems and device
  • Learn strategies to assist children in communicating various language functions
  • Access to available resources for AAC
  • Share challenges and opportunities experienced by the parents of other young people who use AAC

The program includes:

10 x weekly group sessions

2 x one and a half hour individual consultations (pre and post group)

NDIS Billing:

Total cost for a family (eg 2 parents or 1 parent/1 carer) $1752.37

Schedule

In term 2, 2021 the AAConnect Program will run on a Thursday morning from 9:30 – 11am, over the following 10 weeks:

  • April 22 & 29
  • May 6, 13, 20 and 27
  • June 3, 10, 17 & 24

In term 3, 2021 the AAConnect Program will run on a Monday evening from 6 – 7:30pm, over the following 10 weeks

  • July 12, 19 & 26
  • August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
  • September 6 & 13