Alternative and Augumentative Communication

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Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)

At speech and language therapy we offer a service of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC).

Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) is a term used to describe different forms of communication other than speech. AAC can help to support the communication of individuals who are unable to speak or those with limited communication.

What will AAC at speech and language therapy involve?

The speech and language therapist will carry out an initial assessment to help determine if an individual will benefit from the use of AAC and what type of AAC they will benefit from. The speech and language therapist will work with the individual, the individuals parents / carers and other professionals involved in their care. The speech and language therapist will train the individual and those involved in their care on how to use the chosen form of AAC.

What types of AAC are available?

There are many different types of Alternative and Augmentative Communication, these can include:

  • Picture exchange communication system (PECS).
  • Signing.
  • Communication books / charts.
  • Alphabet charts.
  • Hi-tech communication aids e.g. electronic voice devices and computers.
  • Symbol systems.
  • Who can benefit from using AAC?

    Individuals of all ages and abilities can benefit from the use of AAC. The individuals parents / carers, also anyone wishing to communicate with the individual, will benefit from AAC.

    How can I book an appointment with a speech and language therapist?

    If you would like any more information on Alternative and Augmentative Communication or any of our services, or would like to book an appointment to see one of our speech and language therapists then please email or call 0330 0885 643.

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    To speak to a Speech and Language Therapist or to book an appointment, call us on 0161 883 0111 or email


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