Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a set of tools and strategies that help individuals experiencing challenges with face-to-face (spoken) or written communication express themselves more effectively.
Some key AAC definitions include:
- Alternative Communication – a system of communication that is used instead of speech or handwriting
- Augmentative Communication – a system of communication that makes the most of a person’s existing speech/handwriting skills, and supplements these skills with other ways of communicating
- Face-to-Face AAC Examples – Sign language; pointing to a symbol or photo that represents what the child is trying to communicate; activating a button on a tablet that speaks a pre-recorded message
- Written Communication Examples – a computer with adapted hardware (i.e. – switch activation) or software (i.e. – on-screen keyboard, voice recognition)