What is AAC?
Augmentative and Alternative Communication includes all forms of communication (other than speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. People with severe speech or language problems rely on AAC to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional. Special augmentative aids, such as picture and symbol communication boards and dynamic electronic devices, are available to help people express themselves. This may increase social interaction, school performance, and feelings of self-worth.
How do I know if an individual is a good candidate for AAC?
Many different AAC methods are used by people of all ages with various physical or learning difficulties. Some individuals need AAC because of a condition that has been present since birth, such as cerebral palsy, autism or a learning disability. AAC may be recommended due to a neurological disorder that results in a loss of ability to communicate. Examples of this may be stroke, brain injury or an adult degenerative disease such as ALS.
Tallahassee Speech Center follows the Preferred Practice Patterns of ASHA for the profession of speech language pathologists.
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