Augmentative & Alternative Communication
Augmentative & Alternative Communication with eLuma
What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)?
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) refers to systems or devices that are used to supplement or replace verbal speech. AAC systems allow students with significant impairments in speech and/or language abilities to communicate effectively. Augmentative communication supports existing speech, while alternative communication methods replace speech that is non-functional or absent.
There are a variety of AAC systems available that are either aided or unaided, and vary in their level of technology.
Examples of aided systems include:
Low-tech: Pencil and paper, picture boards
High-tech: Computer-based programs, speech-generating devices
Unaided AAC systems require no external devices.
Examples of unaided systems include:
Use of facial expressions, body language, and gestures
Treating Augmentative & Alternative Communication
For more information on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), check out the following resources available from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association:
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