AAC (Alternative & Augmentative Communication) devices go by many terms including:
- Augmentative and alternative communication devices
- Speech-generating devices (SGDs)
- Assistive communication devices
- Communication devices
- Or Communication Aids
Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) play an essential role in the recommendation, implementation, and long-term success of AAC devices.
AAC may include voice output devices, picture exchange systems, sign, body language or gesture.
The benefits of AAC have been demonstrated by research and also success stories reported by users themselves and their families and/or carers.
1. Greater independence for everyday activities.
2. Enhanced participation in day to day life
3. Less frequent communication breakdowns (the inability to get your message across & be understood)
4. Greater connection with friends and family
Indicators of success using an AAC device includes:
- Greater motivation to communicate
- Longer interactions
- More efficient communication
- Greater attempts to communicate
- Reduced frustration
- The ability to communicate something that wouldn’t otherwise be communicated
In addition to assisting people to improve their communication skills, Specialised Speech Pathology aim to support people in their journey to identifying their communication strengths and potential.