alternative and augmentative communication

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Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)

Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) is any form of communication used other than speech. For individuals who have no / very limited speech, our speech and language therapists will educate and train the individual, their parents or carers and other professionals in using AAC.

What is Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)?

Alternative and Augmentative Communication is any form of communication used by an individual as an alternative or supplement for speech. There are many types of AAC which can be used for individuals with communication problems. These can include:

No-tech communication aids

No-tech communication uses only the body to communicate. No-tech communication can include gesture, facial expression and sign language.

Low-tech communication aids

Low-tech communication aids use low technology aids as a form of communication. Types of low-tech communication aids include pen and paper (writing or drawing), alphabet charts, symbols and pictures.

Hi-tech communication aids

High-tech communication involves any form of electronic communication aids. Types of high-tech communication aids include, voice synthesizers and computer aids with keyboard, pictures or symbols.

The type of AAC used by the individual will depend on a number of factors, including the individual's preferred method of communication, the severity of their communication difficulty, their overall ability and underlying condition.

What problems can AAC help with?

Alternative and Augmentative Communication can help any individual who has a communication difficulty. AAC can help individuals with the following problems:

Babies and children with:

Similar treatments / services that could help

Similar treatment options that could help individuals with communication difficulties include:

How can I arrange a speech and language therapy assessment?

To arrange an initial assessment with one of our speech and language therapists please contact us on 0330 0885 643.

Summary

Alternative and Augmentative Communication is any form of communication other than speech. Alternative and Augmentative Communication is used with individuals who have no speech or have very limited use of speech. Alternative and Augmentative communication can be used with both adults and children with a variety of conditions and problems. The speech and language therapist will train and support individuals, their parents or carers and other professionals on how to use AAC in order to create an effective communication environment. If you feel you would benefit from any of our speech and language therapy services then please email office@slt.co.uk or call 0330 0885 643.





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