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What is AAC?

AAC is an acronym for Alternative Augmentative Communication. It is a set of tools that individuals can use to communicate. It’s Alternative in that it’s an alternative to verbal speech. And it’s Augmentative in that it helps and supports communication when verbal speech is limited.

Using your own body to support communication is considered unaided AAC. These systems include gestures, body language, facial expressions, sign language, etc.

Aided AAC systems use some sort of tool or device. They range from no tech (paper based) to high tech (tablet based).

Who can benefit from AAC?

Anyone can use AAC!  There are no prerequisites and we should consider introducing it as early as possible.

AAC has been shown to support verbal speech development and will NOT stop children from talking.

If there is a discrepancy between an individual’s communication abilities and their communication needs, then they are candidates for AAC. 

What’s our goal when using AAC?

AAC provides individuals with the ability to communicate for a variety of reasons (beyond wants and needs) and to participate fully in communication interactions. The main goal of AAC is to help individuals communicate with others.

Looking for more information?

Check out ASHA’s Key Issues – AAC page.

Check out ISAAC’s AAC Awareness Month page.

Check out PrAACticalAAC.

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