Top Tips for Using Alternative Forms of Communication
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) refers to any strategy or equipment that helps people who struggle with talking.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) refers to any strategy or equipment that helps people who struggle with talking. For some children this will be a short term solution to support them whilst their speech is developing whereas for others AAC, in one form or another, will be an important part of their communication throughout their life.
Communication is so much more than speech. We can converse through our body language facial, expressions and natural gesture e.g. waving. For people who struggle with talking AAC capitalises on these forms of communication alongside more specific strategies to support or replace speech. These range from the use of pen and paper, sign language and symbols (pictures representing words), through to electronic devices that speak a person’s message. These may be relatively simple devices such as iPads or in a few cases much more sophisticated computers that are controlled with the eyes or other specialist devices.
Top tips for Using Signing
Signing can be used to help people understand spoken language as the signs provide extra clues. Signing can also be used to help people who have problems speaking e.g. making sentences or producing the necessary sounds. Signing can also be used for people with learning difficulties in order to give them a basic means of communication.
Visual aids can be used to help children understand spoken language as they provide extra visual clues. Visual aids can be particularly useful for children experiencing hearing and attention difficulties as well as difficulties understanding and using language.
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Using a Communication Book
A communication book is a book or folder that helps people to communicate using symbols or pictures. They are used to help people who can understand more than they can say or to support their speech if it is not always clear. They also support children with their language development.
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