Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
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Augmentative and Alternative Communication, also referred to as AAC, is any device, system or method that improves the ability of a person with a communication impairment to communicate effectively.  AAC includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that is used to express thoughts, needs, wants and ideas.  AAC is used with people who are non-verbal or minimally verbal as a way to provide them with a voice i.e. an ‘alternative’ way to communicate other than speech.  AAC is also used with people who have severe speech or language problems to supplement or ‘augment’ their current way of communicating.


How can a Speech-Language Pathologist help?

Speech-Language Pathologists can help by:

  • assessing the individual's communication needs
  • recommending a device, system or method and a plan on how to develop proficiency with the chosen means of communication
  • suggesting resources in your community


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