Augmentative and alternate communication (AAC) is a scope
of practice within the field of Speech-Language Pathology, falling under the
Assistive Technology umbrella. AAC includes all forms of communication
(other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and
ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols
or pictures, or write.
with severe speech or language problems rely on various forms of AAC to
supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional. Special
augmentative aids, such as picture and symbol communication boards and
electronic devices, are available to help people express themselves. For
students who are non-speaking, the use of AAC has proven to increase spoken
language and expand receptive language all while providing a means of
expressive output. This may increase social interaction, school performance,
and feelings of self-worth.
Collaborative’s AAC Specialist and
SLP, Laura Badger MS, CCC-SLP conducts comprehensive AAC evaluations using a
team approach within a consult-evaluation model. Valley’s AAC Assessment team
is able to provide:
attached flyer for service details.