Augmentative and Alternative Communication

What are Augmentitive Communication Evaluations?

AAC stands for "Augmentative and Alternative Communication." AAC is any alternative communication from low technology such as sign language or a picture system to high technology such as a speech generating device.

There is a population of children who use alternative methods of communication because they have decrease or no use of verbal communication. They cannot depend on their "voice" to correspond their wants, needs, and ideas to the world. Many children who require the use of AAC are unable to use compensatory strategies such as gestures and pointing due to either cognitive, social skills challenges and/or physical disabilities. AAC is essential for any child who is unable to meet their communication needs using natural speech.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association defines AAC "as an area of clinical practice that attempts to compensate (either temporarily or permanently) for the impairment and disability patterns of individuals with severe expressive communication disorders (i.e., the severe impairments in speech-language, reading and writing). AAC incorporates the individual's full communication abilities and may include any existing speech or vocalizations, gestures, manual signs, and aided communication. AAC is truly multimodal, permitting individuals to use every mode possible to communicate. The ability to use AAC devices may change over time, although sometimes very slowly, and the AAC system chosen today may not be the best system tomorrow. In any case, an AAC system is an integrated group of four components used by an individual to enhance communication. These four components are symbols, aids, techniques, and/or strategies. (ASHA, 1989, p.107)."

To find out more about AAC visit:
http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/InfoAACUsers.htm

Our therapists have experience with:

  • PECS
  • Communication Boards
  • GoTalks
  • iPads
  • GoTalk Now
  • Proloquo2Go
  • LAMP Words For Life
  • TouchChat
  • Dynavox Compass App
  • Prentke-Romich Company
  • Tobii-Dynavox
  • Saltillo
  • Late-model SGDs from Tobii and Dynavox before they merged.

We also have experience with switch access, eye-gaze, and can work in close contact with PTs and OTs at our facility for positioning and access optimization. We have close working relationships with the representatives from all aforementioned AAC companies.

What We Do

Our therapists have a wide range of experience with:
  • Articulation Disorders
  • Augmentitive Communication Evaluations
  • Phonological Disorders
  • Language Disorders
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Delayed Milestones
  • Spinal Muscular
  • Atrophy
  • Orthopedic Conditions
  • Apraxia of Speech
  • Feeding
  • Oral-Motor Deficits
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Delays
  • Hearing Impairment/Deaf
  • Fluency Disorders (Stuttering)
  • Chromosomal and Genetic Abnormalities
  • Scoliosis
  • Torticollis
  • Toe walking

Testimonials

I can’t say enough about ABC and what a blessing it has been for my son and my family. The staff is all so kind, professional, and encouraging. My son is now using his communication device very well and even learning to talk, and he was nonverbal when we started. Thank you so much! - Parent

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