Your child can point to the pictures on this communication board to let you know how they feel

All children have the need to communicate, but it may not be very easy for some children to produce speech. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) refers to a variety of strategies for communication that does not rely on natural speech. These can include:

  • gestures
  • pictures
  • computerized speech generation devices
  • sign language

AAC can be used in place of natural speech, or used in addition to natural speech to enhance communication.

Promote your child's speech, language, and communication development by engaging them in communication through every means available! Focus on exchanging meaning, rather than producing speech, because without a solid foundation in language and communication, speech is unlikely to develop.

Some parents worry that using AAC will keep their children from learning to speak. This is not the case. AAC does not discourage children from talking. AAC helps children to become more successful communicators, which actually encourages them to talk. A speech-language pathologist can work with you to determine what kinds of AAC systems can be most helpful to your child.

 

Examples of AAC

(Video: The Power of Communication, posted by Communication Matters, retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4OL2bnSv3Q)

 

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