Please contact Florida Speech if
you feel you, or someone you know, is in need of an AAC system.
We would be happy to set up an evaluation.
- Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
is the use of different communication methods
to support, enhance, or supplement the communication
of individuals who are not able to independently
and verbally communicate their own thoughts, ideas,
needs, and desires. Users of AAC vary, and may
include individuals with autism, cerebral palsy,
or brain injury, and can vary from
toddlers to the elderly.
- There are two different types of AAC systems:
- Aided systems: these systems use some
type of device, or piece of equipment, to enhance
communication. These devices can be high-tech,
and require a significant amount of programming,
but allow the user to say almost anything he
or she desires, or they can be low-tech, and
as a simple as a piece of paper with words and/or
pictures on it.
- Unaided systems: these systems use
some type of gestural, or manual communication
methods, such as American Sign Language, fingerspelling,
or gestures to enhance communication.
AAC systems can range from simple, low-tech methods
such as Picture Communication Symbols or single
1-switch methods, all the way up the spectrum
to very high-tech devices priced at several thousand
- The therapists at Florida Speech are all trained in
the various types of AAC devices, and can help clients' decide on which type
(s) of device(s) are the most appropriate for their communicative needs.
- Speech-Language Pathologists should evaluate
an individual's need for the use of an AAC system,
and can recommend an appropriate system and intervention
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