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AAC

AAC

What is AAC?

Sometimes people have difficulty communicating using spoken words and/or producing those words. There are a lot of other different ways they can communicate. Sometimes this is known as AAC or Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

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Augmentative

Using something additional to support spoken language.

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Alternative

Using another way of communicating. This is when you do not have spoken words or words are not clear.

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Communication 
Information or a message that is shared.
What types of AAC are often used?

AAC includes all the tools and strategies a person can use to communicate. This is usually split in to two groups - Unaided and Aided AAC.

1. Unaided AAC – or AAC that does not require a physical aid or tool.

  • Facial expressions
  • Body language
  • Gestures
  • Sign language

2. Aided AAC – or AAC that uses physical tools or materials.

  • Symbol boards such as communication pages or ALDs (Aided Language Displays)
  • Choice cards
  • Communication books
  • Keyboards and alphabet charts
  • Voice Output Communication Aid (VOCA)
  • AAC apps on mobile devices

 

 

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