Presentation on theme: "AAC… Augmentative and Alternative Communication Augmentative communication refers to a wide variety of nonverbal techniques used to supplement or 'augment'"— Presentation transcript:
AAC… Augmentative and Alternative Communication Augmentative communication refers to a wide variety of nonverbal techniques used to supplement or 'augment' a person's oral speech which allows them to use and develop their language. These may include natural gestures, sign language, photographs and other kinds of pictures, spelling out words on alphabet displays, as well as 'higher tech' devices such as voice output devices, etc. Alternative communication refers to providing a substitute for one’s speech.
Need for Students to Communicate Gain your attention Express basic wants and needs Control their environment Reduce frustration Communicate in the socially and in the curriculum Produce what they comprehend Increase speech intelligibility To Facilitate comprehension skills
No tech options Topic boards PCS/photos Communication Boards/PECS Sign Language/gestures
Low tech options Voice output devices Single switch/single message Single switch/multiple level Single level/multiple cells Multi level/multiple cells
High tech options Dynamic Display Devices
Tips for AAC AAC users do not stop using speech and should be encouraged to use it all the time! Be willing to teach other communication partners about AAC and “rules” for conversations Be patient and flexible…communication is a life long process Conduct thorough device matching before purchasing any device Take advantage of training opportunities