Augmentative Communication

Use of computers for Augmentative Communication

AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) is used to enhance an individual’s communication and interaction with their surroundings. This can include an integrated group of, strategies and techniques, symbols, picture boards, pencil/paper, or an electronic communication device.

Our focus is the basis of computer AAC software and hardware. The complexity of the technology will vary.

High-tech such as “Dynamic Display” software– a communication board displayed upon a computer monitor screen automatically changes to a different level (board) when a selection is made. Provides multiple functions to the user, many different output methods, computer interfacing, built-in enviromental control access, and more.

Low-Techology ¬†known as a “Static Display” in which communication setup does not automatically change when a selection is made. (e.g. software for creating communication board consisting of symbols).

Additional Resources

Communication Connects
This site is dedicated to speech/language pathologists, educators and parents, encouraging development of functional communication skills in children.

Speechville Express
Information regarding speech, language delays or disorders, including are Apraxia, Autism, and Stuttering.

AAC Institute is a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to improving the communication of people who rely on Augmentative Alternative Communication.

YAACK
A guide on augmentative and alternative communication for young children for caregivers, teachers and anyone else involved with a child with a severe communication delay.

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