Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)

 

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)

If your child is having trouble communicating effectively and efficiently, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems may provide a different channel to improve his or her success. Children with autism, cerebral palsy, Downs syndrome, developmental delays and other conditions may benefit from the use of aided and unaided AAC systems.

Aided systems refer to methods that require specific equipment or software with programming but allow the user to communicate virtually endless messages. Some of these systems can be high tech, such as special tablets and computers, and some of these systems are low tech, using pictures and paper. Unaided systems refer to methods that do not require special equipment, such as American Sign Language and gestural communication.

Remember, communication goes beyond simple requesting; with our support and the use of an individually tailored AAC system, we can help your child gain the skills to be an effective communicator. Our speech-language pathologists are able to evaluate your child individually to determine the system that best meets his or her specific needs. Together, we can implement the chosen system and ensure your child is able to achieve his or her highest potential.