4 Reasons I Love High-Tech AAC

 

High-tech AAC is MY JAM. I just love it. I get 99% of my clients a high-tech device ASAP! Why, you ask? Why do I jump to high-tech when there are low-tech options I could use? Well… since you asked….

  1. High-tech is powerful. It creates a VOICE for that person (that is not mine). It has speech output!! Communication partners can listen to the client for the first time! The reaction of the clients can be downright tear-jerking and/or hilarious to hearing their voice.
  2. High-tech devices are the future. Everything is moving toward  advanced technology these days, and communication is no exception. We are ditching paper and we are moving on to iPads, tablets, computers, and phones. We should consider this when choosing a communication system.
  3. Less stigma. No lie, using a high-tech device like an iPad is “cooler” and less stigmatized than other low-tech mediums. I don’t like that using all types of AAC is stigmatized, but it’s the...
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5 Tips For Parents to Implement AAC at Home

Parents' and guardians' participation in AAC is crucial for the child who uses AAC. Communication using augmentative alternative communication cannot be taught 30-60 minutes a week in a therapy room. It can be implemented in therapy, but the best outcomes occur when the AAC device or system is implemented across settings, throughout the entire day. 

Easier said than done, let me tell ya!

Here are 5 tips to help a parent or guardian implement AAC with their child:

1. Implement the AAC system during a daily routine

There are common things every child does throughout their day. A wake up routine, a bedtime routine, and mealtime routines (or feed routines if using a feeding tube). 

These times would be a great place to implement some expressive language and AAC! Think of language a speaking or typically developing child would want to say. For example, "get up" or "wake up" for the morning routine. "Put on shirt," "choose shoes," "make breakfast."

Choose a few words or phrases...

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