Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Augmentative and Alternative Communication benefits both children and adults. Speech Therapy CO can work with you to find the right AAC system and refer to other providers if there are any fine motor, gross motor, hearing, or vision needs.
Examples of Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Will using AAC stop my child from developing speech?
No. Research has proven that using AAC will NOT limit or stop further speech development. The results are actually the opposite!
Research has found that using a high-tech speech generating devices actually encourage and support speech development!
Is my child old enough to benefit from AAC?
Yes! You are likely using forms of AAC without even realizing it! You are likely teaching and communicating with your child using gestures, signs, pictures, and objects.
Research shows that there is not “right age” to begin using AAC. Children and adults benefit from AAC at any age!
Should my child start with a low-tech or high-tech communication device?
First, Speech Therapy CO encourages you to find an SLP you trust to help determine your child’s specific needs.
We believe that children should have access to a robust communication system as soon as possible. Access to relevant and functional vocabulary increases interest and motivation. Beginning with a robust system allows a child to grow and develop with it without needing to relearn a new method or system at a later time.
We would never tell a child using their voice to communicate they can only use a set number or words or vocabulary words and we should never limit a child using AAC either.