Augmentative-alternative communication (AAC) gives a voice to children whose speech is unclear and those who are nonverbal.
When a child is unable to speak, augmentative-alternative communication (AAC) is used to help the child communicate with others. AAC can be something as simple as gesturing or pointing to a picture to express a want or need. AAC can also be more complex, such as using sign language or pressing buttons on an electronic device to “speak” a message. Many conditions can affect a child’s ability to speak or learn language, and AAC can help.
Our speech therapists are experienced in working with children and their families to integrate AAC into their communications. AAC can be used temporarily, to bridge the communication gap while a child’s speech production is developing, or permanently for children whose speech is not adequate to communicate with others.
At Kid’s Creek, our speech therapists believe all children have the right to express their wants, needs, and feelings to others, enabling them to participate more fully in life.