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What is AAC?

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication, or AAC, is just what it sounds like:

  • Augment…to enhance or improve
  • Alternative…another way or means
  • Communication…the sending and receiving of messages

So, AAC means anything that can improve someone’s ability to communicate.

A challenge to readers:
I double dog dare you to tell me at least one form of AAC that you or someone you know uses.

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10 Comments

  1. Let’s see…
    ASL
    PECS
    MiniMO by Dynavox
    and the great game of “guess what I’m trying to tell you!”

  2. Yes. Yes. Yes. A blog is a form of augmentative and alternative communication.

    Some people who are usually non-verbal use it as one of their primary means of communication.

  3. Does giving somebody the finger while driving count? ‘Cause I do that one a lot.

  4. Well my 2 1/2 year old points, pulls and pushes to get her point across. We pretty much know what she wants just from that. We then follow up with words so she knows what she asking for.

  5. Batting your eyelashes! *grin* Although I’ve found this works much better for my 5 year old daughter than it does for me >.>

  6. a young boy in our church used a small computer to talk for him.

    picture drawing (especially to help young children communicate feelings or experiences)

    puppets
    color coding
    letters or journaling
    gosh, there are so many

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