Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

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 (Abledata, 2008).

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 (Ace Centre, 2010), AbilityNet, 2009).

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 (Ace Centre, 2010), AbilityNet, 2009).