The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) defines augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) as: "All methods of communication other than oral speech used to communicate wants, needs, desires, thoughts, and ideas."
In short, AAC is anything besides spoken language—including facial expressions, gestures, text, images, etc.
If communication is difficult for your child, they may benefit from AAC.
What are examples of AAC?
Where do you start?
It is important to start using AAC as early as possible—you are never too old to begin. Start now. A good first step is an AAC evaluation.
There are many places where you can get an AAC evaluation, including:
How is the cost of AAC paid?
Most AAC is paid through a third party. There are options to afford AAC. Here are some examples:
Everyone has the right to communicate. A person should be able to share their wants, needs, desires, thoughts, and ideas. These are a few of the options but talk to other families about what they have found useful as well. And be sure to try out ACC before purchasing if possible – what works for one child, might not work for yours.
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