Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
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Augmentative systems are used by people who already have some speech but are either unable to be understood, or have limited speaking ability. So, their speech is augmented or enhanced so that they can be clearer to more people or be able to express more than their spoken voice allows.
This is also for young children while they are learning to speak, for example by using simple signs or specific visual pictures.
Alternative communication is the term used when a person has no speech at all. These people must completely rely on another method to make all their ideas, wants, or needs known.
Examples of AAC:
- Natural gestures
- Sign language
- Communication book
- Symbols – picture, photo, line drawing
- Letter board
- Core board
- Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD)
- Software on a tablet, such as TouchChat
- Head tracking
Have a discussion with a Speech Language Therapist first to get the best guidance, then trial to see how it suits. Remember, any AAC tool is only as good as how often it is being used!
For some individuals with high and complex needs, a specialised TalkLink Therapist is involved for specific assessment and trialling of equipment. A separate Speech Language Therapist is involved to the ongoing support, monitoring and extension of use for the AAC. Vocalsaints Therapists have experience to provide this therapy.
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-- Mother of a 2 year old requiring AAC