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.
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.
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.