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What is AAC?
Augmentative and Alternative Communication
AAC is a tool, strategy, support, or any communication that is used in place of or in addition to spoken word
AAC devices can be no tech devices such as communication boards and visual schedules, low tech devices such as a switch button (pictured left), or higher tech devices such as IPAD applications or devices specifically for communication.
AAC Devices can provide many benefits for children who may eventually acquire spoken words. Research shows:
AAC helps children develop language and verbal speech faster
Using AAC promotes language and literacy skills
AAC gives children a visual and auditory representation of vocabulary words
AAC shows children that words have meaning
AAC has been shown to reduce behavioral issues that are a result of frustration
Visual representations improve children's understanding of words
"Giving every child a chance to reach their full potential is the best work anyone can do."
Frequently Asked Questions
Will having AAC goals stop us from working on verbal communication goals?
Absolutely not. Research has shown AAC can actually aid in spoken language acquisition.
Can we still use a device if my child has a fine motor, visual, or physical impairment?
Yes! We can work with your OT and/or PT to insure your family has the best option for them.
Will my child be able to use this device at school or daycare?
Of course! Many teachers are already familiar with AAC devices, however we can set up trainings as well.
Hello! My name is Lori Davis and I am a Speech Pathologist working in early intervention. I also hold a master's degree in Deaf Education and Early Intervention. I created this site to help parents who were struggling with whether to choose AAC for their family.
I hope you enjoyed reviewing my project - please get in touch if you want to hear more!
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