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.
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.
Communication boards are considered a form of low tech AAC. They can be used in conjunction with other AAC systems (like high tech) or in isolation. We discuss tools that you can use to make communication boards yourself, further considerations, and additional free premade options.
Research has suggested that AAC will not stop an individual from speaking. In addition to the research, this has also been evident based on our own clinical experiences. We discuss commonly shared research articles and additional AAC-related information.
Core words, fringe words, and social questions all have a place in special events and celebrations! Photos, jokes, music, and more messages are additional ways an individual can use their high tech AAC device to interact with others during the holidays, too.