8a. Examples of some Family and Carer Resources

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Families will require support to facilitate the use of AAC strategies.

Don’t give up! A typically developing child will hear 4000-6000 words per day and would need to hear a word approximately 500 times before they would be able to say it. Infants are immersed in language for a year before we expect them to use a first word. We can often put unrealistic expectations on AAC users for how quickly they will be able to start using it. As with any new system, it takes time and practice so be persistent, set realistic goals and celebrate success. (quote from Provide Community Carers, UK)

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