AAC for Kids
Make communicating easy for your child with augmentative and alternative communication.
Make Communication Fun and Easy
If you’d like to help your child:
What is AAC and How Does it Help?
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (or AAC) are communication devices or methods that don’t use speech.
AAC is effective for when someone needs to support their lack of natural speech. Those with with motor and cognitive disabilities for example may need to use AAC.
AAC helps bridge the gap for children that may need a little more help. The right system for your child will help them:
Who needs AAC?
– motor disabilities (cerebral palsy)
– developmental delays
– cognitive or intellectual disability (ASD)
– other disorders that affect speech
Children with these disorders may have an impaired learning experience. As a result, their AAC systems need to be often available and are best fit for their situation.
Thankfully, Augmentative and Alternative Communication has a wide variety of systems to find the best one for your child.
More Ways to Communicate
AAC are often categorized based on the use of materials and electronics. These factors can affect the accessibility of the system, and needs careful consideration.
High-tech AAC devices are those that come first to the mind when people think of AACs. These are electronic devices such as speech-generating devices and electronic PECS boards.
Button presses or head movements may commonly trigger these devices. Digital talking support apps (on phones and iPads) are also part of this group.
No Tech Devices
If an AAC requires materials or devices to work, the child must always bring them to communicate. Finding the right system that they can use in their daily life (such as in the classroom) is crucial to success.
Your speech-language pathologist (SLP) can help you go through your best options. They will also teach how to use the recommended devices in your child’s day-to-day.
What AAC devices/methods are right for my child?
AAC and Speech Therapy
help your child overcome more severe speech disabilities
With consistent practice, they will love using their AAC to express themselves everyday.
How Apheleia Speech Therapy Can Help
Your speech therapist will help you use the most out of your child’s AAC methods and devices.
Speech Therapy with AAC
With online speech therapy, you and your child can integrate AAC with your day-to-day.
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