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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Some kids don't immediately develop verbal language with traditional speech therapy. They need extra support such as a form of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). AAC refers to a wide range of tools to supplement verbal language such as printed communication boards and electronic devices with speech-generated audio. An example of a low technology method of communication is a printed communication board. This board includes pictures of a child's favorite things. They can use this board to point to the objects they want in order to make a request. Another example of AAC is a vocabulary app on a tablet. With this form of AAC, a child has access to additional words such as "want," "all done," "eat," and "more." If a child is going to benefit from using AAC for a long period of time, their insurance company may provide them with a speech-generating AAC device. This device uses vocabulary systems mentioned above but is louder, more durable, more portable than a tablet. 

I have worked with many clients to try different methods of AAC and find the one that works best for my clients and their families. I trial the best brands and consider the learning style of my clients as well as the priorities of their family. I offer my insight and experience but allow the family to make the decision on what tool they want to use to help their child communicate. 

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