You may be working with a child or an adult that uses an AAC communication device. Are you familiar with low-tech AAC devices?
According to Beukelman and Mirenda (2013), an estimated 1.3 percent of Americans cannot meet their daily needs communication needs using natural speech. Using low-tech AAC is one way to help children and adults with limited communication skills.
What is AAC?
AAC or Augmentative and Alternative Communication includes various methods of communication systems including communication devices, strategies and tools that helps a person communicate their wants, needs and thoughts specifically for children and adults who have limited communication skills.
What are the benefits of using AAC?
Studies show improvement in language development, literacy and communication among users including the use of picture exchange. There is also research that shows people working with an AAC are able to:
- take turns appropriately
- request items
- decrease challenging behavior
- improve receptive and expressive skills.
Who uses an AAC?
Children with developmental delays including motor, cognitive and physical limitations including children and adults with:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Developmental Disabilities
- Multiple Disabilities
- Traumatic Brain Injury
AAC Terminology You Should Know
Communication board- based on the cognitive and physical ability of the person, it is often organized by topic
Eye gaze- used in low-tech AAC by the person looking at an object and selecting the correct item using either the communication board or booklet.
Low-Tech- basic communication aids that include pictures, letters, words, symbols, communication board or picture books that cannot be changed or altered.
The following are links tp AAC core words:
AAC Core Words
70 kids picture books to target core vocabulary AAC (Omazing Kids)
Core Word of the Week– The Center for AAC and Autism
Teaching Core Vocabulary– (Praatical AAC)
Low Tech AAC Boards
Eat, Think and Speak– a blog written for medical Speech and Language Pathologist on topics relating to swallowing, communication and cognition. Provides a blog article on free low-tech material including a wide variety of premade communication boards
Project Core– Provide free sample lesson plans focusing on talking with one word at a time to using correct grammar and word order.