Augmentative or Alternative Communication (or AAC) is the term used to describe various methods of communication that can ‘add-on’ to or replace speech to get around difficulties with communicating.
AAC includes systems such as pictures, gestures and pointing, as well as more complex ones involving powerful computer technology (sometimes called assistive technology). Some kinds of AAC are actually part of everyone’s communication, like waving goodbye, giving a ‘thumbs up’ instead of speaking, pointing to a picture or gesturing while travelling in a foreign country. However, some people have to rely on AAC most of the time.
The team at Signs and Sounds can help in the assessment, set-up and use of an appropriate AAC system for children and young people. Click here to contact us for more information.