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Parent coaching for successful implementation of AAC in the early years - Member webinar Sam Brydon

  • 10 Jul 2023
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (AEST)
  • Online via Zoom



Parent coaching for successful implementation of AAC in the early years

The results of a mixed methods multiple case study

A free AGOSCI webinar - for members only

Presented by Sam Brydon


Webinar Overview

What happens when you introduce a 77-cell core board with fringe vocabulary for pre-school children with complex communication needs and then provide truly comprehensive support to the family?

Over the past 4 years, Sam has designed and carried out a year-long intervention as part of a multiple case study, with the intention to provide some evidence towards the use of core boards as an AAC tool.

Once Sam had started this research, she realised that no AAC system can be successful without communication partner support. A large part of her study involved creating a training and coaching package for parents to ensure they knew how to support their child to become a successful AAC user.

Sam continued to collect maintenance data for a year. The results are now in, the data are analysed and Sam is keen to share them with a wider audience! 

This presentation will include an overview of the research, some detail about the training and coaching package, and the results obtained for both children and parents, including some really great videos.


Sam Brydon

Sam Brydon qualified as a speech language Pathologist in 1993 from Manchester University in England. Since then, she has worked as a social worker and then as a speech language therapist, with over 20 years' experience in the areas of early intervention and, more recently, AAC. Sam emigrated to Aotearoa / New Zealand in 2007. Her passion for evidence-based AAC led her to undertake doctoral research, starting in 2018.

She has completed a year-long research intervention that looks at using a core board with pre-school children with complex communication needs, alongside a comprehensive training and coaching package for their parents. Sam is currently finishing writing up her thesis and is keen to share the exciting results of her research study. She lives with her partner on a remote hill in the North Island, along with a pack of furry companions.

Webinar Details

This is a LIVE 60 minute webinar, free for AGOSCI members to access.

A recording will be available to AGOSCI members afterwards.

Start times

QLD / NSW / ACT / VIC / TAS: 5pm

SA / NT: 4:30pm

WA: 3pm


AGOSCI is grateful to Sam for generously offering this free webinar to our audience. 

AGOSCI is an independent body and does not endorse individual products or brands.

AGOSCI acknowledges the presence and contributions of all suppliers and resources available in the Australian and International AAC marketplace.

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