AAC is for everyone!
AAC is a tool used to support communication for anyone that may need an alternative way of communicating or a way to support their existing and developing communication skills, right across the lifespan!
Our speech pathologists can work with people of any age to identify the tools that work best for them. It’s all about supporting the use of meaningful language and communication in the home, childcare, school, workplace, social settings and anywhere else in community.
Misunderstandings about AAC
“I don’t want to teach my child AAC because I’m worried it will delay the development of their speech and then they won’t talk at all.”
In fact, research has consistently found that AAC augments and supports natural language development in children by supporting them to see the language that is being used, developing their ability to understand the words and concepts through the use of pictures and symbols. Additionally, when using systems that provide voice output (the device speaks the words that have been selected, the user is exposed to models of the word, that they can learn from).
“My child is too young to understand AAC.”
“My client is too old to learn a new skill like AAC.”
Research has shown that AAC can help people of all ages to communicate. AAC is used successfully in children as young as a few months old, all the way through to older adults living in their 90’s.
“I can’t use AAC because I have difficulty moving my arms.”
A physiotherapist and occupational therapist will work together to use your existing movement to control your AAC device.
Our therapy team will work closely your speech pathologist to find appropriate AAC solutions for you. Some people use eye gaze technology to speak when movement is difficult. Other people use switches to access their communication device, giving them control through using parts of their body that have reliable movement (such as their chin, or elbow). There’s no one solution for everyone – it’s all about making it work for an individual’s needs.