Modeling without expectation is when communication functions are demonstrated without requiring the individual to respond. Related to AAC, it refers to demonstrating the use of AAC systems to individuals.
We had the unique opportunity to discuss all things AAC with Tara Rudnicki, President of Tobii Dynavox North American Market. We are both big advocates for AAC and individuals with complex communication needs, and we left the conversation feeling educated and revitalized about high-tech systems.
When introducing AAC to an individual you should have a plan, but be flexible, and assume competence. In this article, we will discuss the steps to take and what’s important to know for individuals, caregivers, and speech-language pathologists.
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.