AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. It includes all forms of communication other than oral speech. The purpose of AAC is to allow the user to communicate independently with others in their home, classroom, or community.
Who is right for AAC?
Anyone who has difficulty with natural, oral communication can benefit from AAC!
AAC can be used for a short period of time, or throughout an entire person’s lifetime. AAC includes low tech methods such as PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and Big Macs. Or, high-tech methods such as communication apps on an iPad and communication devices like PRC or Dynavox.
The Benefits of AAC
AAC often decreases frustration. Many times, negative behaviors are a result of not being able to communicate wants and needs successfully. AAC can give your child a voice and reduce negative behaviors associated with this frustration!
It is important to remember that using an AAC method does not mean we are giving up on natural speech development. In fact, AAC, specifically speech-generating devices, have been shown to have a positive effect on natural speech production. Hearing words modeled repetitively on your child’s AAC device actually encourages natural speech development.
Your child being able to communicate independently and spontaneously is critically important and the ultimate goal of AAC is forANYchild to learn language.
Who Provides ACC Training?
Speech-Language Pathologists provide therapy for all speech and language disorders and are qualified to select and train you and your child on the most appropriate form of AAC.
When considering an AAC method, your SLP will evaluate what motivates your child as well as your child’s current expressive and receptive language level, cognitive abilities, and physical abilities to access the method.
Let’s give your child a voice! Call us today at 225.292.4138 to schedule an evaluation for AAC!