Sometimes known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), this section provides guidance on communication aids and strategies. You may be able to use these to supplement or replace spoken communication if you have difficulty speaking or are unable to speak.1 & 5
This ranges from simple letter boards through to sophisticated pieces of computer equipment which may all help you communicate more effectively with people around you.2 & 4
Learning to become an effective AAC communicator is demanding and time consuming. It is important that you are motivated to put in the effort and that you always arrange a multidisciplinary assessment before purchasing any type of communication aid. This will ensure that factors such as seating, mobility, access, motivation, educational needs, cognitive levels, training and ongoing support are all taken into account.2-4
Complex solutions are not covered in any depth here - we recommend you speak to an appropriately qualified Speech and Language Therapist or get in touch with the ACE Centre or Communication Matters.
Communication Matters support people who find communication difficult because they have little or no clear speech.1The ACE centre offers help and support to individuals with complex physical and communication difficulties, their carers, parents, or therapist. They also maintain a website listing communication devices, the site is called speechbubble
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