Multimodal communication is a method of communicating using a variety of methods, including verbal language, sign language, and different types of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
High tech AAC devices, or speech-generating devices (SGDs), are electronic devices with more advanced processors. They can help individuals with complex communication needs express wants, needs, and ideas more effectively.
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.
Developing operational competences in AAC devices (e.g. power, charging, volume, manipulation) is critical for individuals and caregivers who use this technology. Communication using an AAC device requires it to be charged, turned on, and with the volume up!