Lifted from the seminar: “Alternative and Augmentative Communication” by Grace R. Reyes, M.A Ed.

Alternative Augmentative Communication

This refers to a wide variety of techniques that may be used to supplement communication. It is any device or system which increases receptive and expressive communication.

As educators, Bridges provides the tools and accommodations to facilitate communication for youngsters who are limited or non-speakers. Using visual language systems integrated into everyday environments and activities, AACinterventions have proved to increase communication and participation and decrease difficult behaviors.

WHO needs AAC?

  • Those with language impairments; mechanical speech, lacking in functionality; oral difficulties or articulation problems,

  • Those who need a transitional language due limited capacity of verbal expression.

  • Behavioral problems.

WHY use AAC?

  • Special children specifically Autistic individuals are usually very visual learners.
    Pictures help in processing and remembering (good for those who are poor in auditory processing).

  • Pointing slows down speech, easier to understand.

  • Used in spontaneous and pressure free environment, thus increasing the child’s desire to communicate.

  • It is functional and relevant.