More AAC assessment tools have become available in recent years (and they keep growing!). One thing to take note of is that dynamic assessment is key for best practice when evaluating the pediatric population. In this post, we also share links to various AAC evaluation and progress measures.
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Becca is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who lives and works in New York. She told us about how she came into this field, the many things she does as an SLP, and what she does outside of work.
AAC group therapy serves as a great way to promote a variety of communication modalities with multiple individuals at once. Group programming encourages natural, social exchanges and members can also benefit from observing others who are using different forms of AAC.
Optimizing AAC devices is a way to increase familiarity, use, and engagement of these systems. AAC devices can be customized based on each individual - below lists some of those ways!
Backing up AAC is a big part of what we do as SLPs. It ensures that all of the progress AAC users have made using newly added/modified vocabulary isn’t lost during an update or device malfunction. We’ll give you some helpful links to make it a seamless process too!
Aided Language Stimulation, sometimes known as Aided Language Input, is a method of modeling language using an AAC device while an AAC user is observing. The purpose of it is to build communication skills using an AAC device.
Functional communication includes requesting, protesting, describing, commenting, asking and answering questions, and engaging in social routines. Individuals who use AAC engage in functional communication exchanges throughout their days.