AAC is an umbrella term for a variety of systems that can be used to improve effective communication and to support understanding. AAC can transform people’s lives and give them independence. It can provide immediate relief and reassurance. They allow the service user to communicate effectively – to request/refuse, gain attention, be a part of social interactions, express themselves, question/answer etc
Augmentative = as well as speech/an ‘add on’ Alternative = instead of speech
AAC ranges from no tech, unaided gesturing and pointing to complex Voice Output Communication Aid, (VOCA) or Speech Generated Device(SGD), technology, like those used by the late Steven Hawkins.
AAC can significantly improve a person’s quality of life.
- Identifying the different types of AAC
- Assessing need
- Creating an action plan
- Increasing communication opportunities
- How to use evidence-based systems and strategies to facilitate functional and social communication skills
- Monitoring and reviewing