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Augmentative &
Alternative Communication

AAC is used to help individuals who demonstrate difficulty using speech. People and diagnoses that can benefit from AAC include:

  • Nonverbal or minimally verbal

  • Cannot use voice to communicate

  • Developmental Delay

  • Apraxia and dyspraxie

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Cognitive impairment

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Stroke

  • Cancer

  • Degenerative diseases such as Muscular Dystrophy 

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High Tech Examples

  • Use of an app such as an iPad or tablet​

  • Use of speech generating devices such as a computer that uses voice

Low Tech Examples

  • Writing ​

  • Drawing

  • Spelling words by using letters

  • Pointing to pictures

Common Myths About ACC

  • My child will stop talking and will not develop language if we use AAC. 

    • This is FALSE!  Research shows that AAC can help develop verbal language and will continue to assist with the development of langue. 

  • My child has limited use of arms or legs so they can't use AAC

    • AAC does not require the use of hands or feet.   SLPs can help your child use a device with the most consistent and strongest area of the body which for some kids may be head control or eye gaze. 

Reasons to not use ACC

  • The child doesn't understand language due to age (ie infants) 

  • The child is not interested or motivated to communicate.  

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