AAC tools and devices aim to facilitate, supplement, or replace verbal speech.
Picture exchange systems, communication boards, choice cards, and speech generating devices are all examples of AAC options.
AAC isn't just for people who have motor impairments which limit their verbal speech. AAC can also be used for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, or Cognitive Disabilities.
Stuttering is a communication disorder that is typically characterized by disruptions, or disfluencies, in speech. Approximately 5% of children go through a normal period of what is considered "normal" stuttering. This usually occurs between 2 and a half to five years of age and can last up to six months.
Stuttering that is considered abnormal and requires intervention presents with the following disfluencies:
repeating parts of words ("ca-ca-cat")
Prolonging individual sounds ("ffffish")
Attempting to make a sound and nothing comes out (blocking)
Disfluencies may create an apparent struggle for the speaker
Speech-language Pathologists provide therapy for all speech and language disorders, including stuttering. Recent studies support that early intervention with a trained speech therapist increases the likelihood that the child will develop normal fluency in speech.