What are examples of Augmentative and Alternative Communication?

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Systems. Unaided Communication Systems: Systems that enable communication that relies on the user’s body (language) to deliver messages. Examples include gestures, eye gaze, vocalizations, sign language, and facial expressions (adapted from ASHA [2016a]).

What is an example of augmentative communication?

Although AAC is often thought of as service an “augmenting” or as an “alternative” to spoken language, it also can be used to support comprehension of verbal (spoken or written) directions. For example, visual schedules, first-then schedules, and graphic organizers for story grammar are all examples of AAC.

What is AAC used for?

About AAC. AAC means all of the ways that someone communicates besides talking. People of all ages can use AAC if they have trouble with speech or language skills. Augmentative means to add to someone’s speech.

Is pecs and AAC device?

Developed in 1985 by Andy Bondy and Lori Frost, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) is an AAC system that uses symbols, communication books, specific prompting, and reinforcement to teach functional communication skills to individuals who may be non-verbal or find verbal communication challenging.

Why are AAC devices important?

Augmentative and alternative communication systems can assist people who cannot speak to develop language skills and increase participation and inclusion in daily activities. It’s an important tool that can give people more communication control and decrease frustration.

What are the types of AAC?

It can range from communication books or boards to speech-generating devices. Aided AAC is divided into two categories: low-tech aids and high-tech aids.

Who uses AAC?

AAC is used by people who have difficulty producing oral speech due to severe speech or language deficits. AAC can help people augment or supplement their communication, or serve as an alternative to their communication. Those who utilize AAC may use it temporarily or long-term, depending on individual circumstances.

Why do we use PECS?

Why is the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) important? PECS enables a child to communicate effectively with other people. It is particularly useful for children who are non-verbal, have limited or unclear speech and/or do not use a functional communication system in the home/preschool/school environment.