WHAT IS AAC?
Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) is the
use of any communication other than oral speech. AAC
may include: facial expressions, gestures, sign
language, writing, picture symbols, and voice output
devices. AAC may be used as a supplement to or as a
substitute for oral communication.
THE GOAL OF AAC?
The goal of AAC is spontaneous communication of an
individual’s wants, needs, desires, and thoughts in
the quickest, most efficient manner. At the highest
level, an AAC user should be able to independently
communicate any message to any person at any time.
When a young child’s speech is not developing within
the realm of what is considered “typical,” or if the
child is at risk for not developing speech, that
child is considered a candidate for AAC. Even if the
child may develop speech later, as is typically the
case, the child may still benefit from an AAC
focus at Laskin Therapy is primarily on children, we
welcome adults in our clinic as well. Others beside
the children described above who may benefit from
AAC are those with congenital, acquired and
degenerative diseases severely affecting one’s
ability to communicate verbally. (See Causes Severe
Expressive Communication Disorders link)
HAS A DEVICE, BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO!
Our staff has five trained speech therapists that
can help assist you and your child on your journey
to independent communication.
I CONNECT WITH OTHER PARENTS OF DEVICE USERS?
If you would like to connect with other parents of
device users, please email:
firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to
join our invitation only AAC Facebook Page.
I THINK MY
CHILD IS A CANDIDATE FOR AAC, NOW WHAT?
If you think that your child would benefit from
using AAC, please contact us at Laskin Therapy
Group. We will be happy to talk with you about your
child and see if AAC may be beneficial for your
CAUSES OF SEVERE EXPRESSIVE COMMUNICATION DISORDERS:
More than 2 million people in the United States have
a severe communication disorder that impairs their
ability to talk. This problem may be short or long
and may be congenital (present at birth), acquired
(occurring later in life), or degenerative
(worsening throughout life).
Unaided Systems- rely on the individual’s body (i.e.
facial expression, gestures, sign language)
Aided Systems- require equipment other than the
user’s body (i.e. pencil and paper, communication
book, picture exchange system, voice output device)