What is AAC?

AAC – or augmentative and alternative communication – can be broadly thought of as any non-speech form of communication. The “augmentative” versions are those that enhance our existing ability to communicate – like text messaging on a cellphone. The “alternative” versions are those that replace […]

What do SLPs do?

To the common man, SLPs diagnose and treat speech and language disorders. But the actual work done behind the scenes is deeply impactful and remains relatively unknown or a mystery to many. The above infographic demystifies the air around the SLP – her roles and […]

How can AAC help?

Augmentative and Alternative Communication is designed to aid and enhance an individual’s ability to express themselves. In some cases this may supplement existing speech, and in other cases replace it altogether.   AAC can help in the following ways: Provide access to functional communication for […]

Who uses AAC?

The typical view in popular culture of someone who uses augmentative and alternative communication is generally that of an adult impacted by a global motor impairment. Certainly this is at least partially due to the visibility of Stephen Hawking, who uses AAC as a result […]

Types of AAC

Augmentative and alternative communication takes many forms, and it can sometimes be confusing to sort out which is which – let alone make a choice about what is right for an individual. Right now there is a huge surge in the high tech options that […]

What does it take to implement AAC?

Augmentative and Alternative Communication is often thought of in terms of the device that the individual uses. In reality, though, effective use of AAC is much more than just a voice output system – it’s the network of techniques, strategies, and supports that aid an […]

Why pictures help kids communicate better than words

It is widely believed by researchers that the primary reason that kids with autism find communication and language complex, is because of so-called “processing issues”. When a child is exposed to language at a volume and rate which typically-developing adults are comfortable handling, the child would find it […]

The 5 domains of language

Language plays such a vital role in our lives – we use language to express our thoughts and emotions, fulfil our needs and wants and communicate with the world around us. The above infographic delves a little deeper, to bring you the five domains of […]