Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)

Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)

When a child is struggling to develop speech skills, it is often helpful to provide another system to develop language skills and functional communication skills. 

The goal is to minimize the disruption of typical communication, social and language skill development while working hard on speech production.

We may consider sign language, gestures, written text or another symbolic communication system to enhance emerging speech skills. Collaboration with other team members is always encouraged. 

Historically AAC systems were either limited and low cost or robust and extensive. Fortunately, touch screen technology has revolutionized AAC. This new technology continues to profoundly affect availability and access for children. Kim was an early adopter of such technology and seamlessly incorporates touch screens technology in her service delivery.