According to the American Speech, Language Hearing Association, "Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write."
Children and adults with speech or language challenges may benefit from the use of a dedicated AAC system to provide them with a way to communicate, to supplement their existing speech, or replace speech that is not functional.
Speech Language Pathology in Motion is able to provide AAC evaluations, recommend an appropriate system, and implement AAC with clients and their families. There are a large number of AAC systems available, ranging from low tech to high tech, and the selection of an appropriate AAC system is the first step in successful implementation of AAC.
The goal of AAC implementation at Speech Language Pathology in Motion is to provide clients with limited verbal skills with the most appropriate system to allow them to say exactly what they want to say as efficiently as possible. Focus is on a variety of communication skills such as requesting, commenting, greeting, answering questions, asking questions, telling jokes, conversational skills, expressing feelings, and telling others what to do.
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