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Please contact Florida Speech if you feel you, or someone you know, is in need of an AAC system. We would be happy to set up an evaluation.

Augmentative/Alternative Communication:

  • Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is the use of different communication methods to support, enhance, or supplement the communication of individuals who are not able to independently and verbally communicate their own thoughts, ideas, needs, and desires. Users of AAC vary, and may include individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, or brain injury, and can vary from toddlers to the elderly.
  • There are two different types of AAC systems:
    • Aided systems: these systems use some type of device, or piece of equipment, to enhance communication. These devices can be high-tech, and require a significant amount of programming, but allow the user to say almost anything he or she desires, or they can be low-tech, and as a simple as a piece of paper with words and/or pictures on it.
    • Unaided systems: these systems use some type of gestural, or manual communication methods, such as American Sign Language, fingerspelling, or gestures to enhance communication. AAC systems can range from simple, low-tech methods such as Picture Communication Symbols or single 1-switch methods, all the way up the spectrum to very high-tech devices priced at several thousand dollars.

  • The therapists at Florida Speech are all trained in the various types of AAC devices, and can help clients' decide on which type (s) of device(s) are the most appropriate for their communicative needs.
  • Speech-Language Pathologists should evaluate an individual's need for the use of an AAC system, and can recommend an appropriate system and intervention plan.

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