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AAC at Home

Sometimes speech does not develop as we might expect. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) might be the answer. Any child whose daily communication needs are not met by natural speech, including young children who are delayed in their speech development, may benefit from AAC.

AAC can include low-tech and high-tech supports. Low-tech communication tools and strategies include non-electronic supports such as a symbol-based communication boards, communication books, and more. High-tech AAC can include the use of tablets with communication software, or specialized devices that are similar to computers.

When you are first starting out with AAC, there are some tips that will help your child use AAC more effectively. Start by modeling use of the AAC support for your child. AAC learners need to see someone communicate using an AAC support. Do this by pointing to words as you talk with your child. Do not model every single word, just point to the important words as you say them. Learn more about modeling and other tips for getting started with AAC by watching our videos and webinars.

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You can also go back to the AAC at Home category found on the homepage to explore additional eLearning courses, recorded webinars, video clips, and more. We are continuously adding new content so please keep checking back.

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