What is AAC?

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The term AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) covers a huge range of techniques which support or replace spoken communication. These include gesture, signing, symbols, word boards, communication boards and books, as well as Voice Output Communication Aids (VOCAs).

If you are a person who uses AAC, family member, carer or professional, it is important to consult a speech and language therapist (SLT) or an AAC specialist for an assessment to help you make an informed decision about any equipment you may need.

There are two main types of AAC system: Unaided Communication and Aided Communication.

Aided communication can involve Low-tech or High-tech methods. Some people have additional physical difficulties and may need to use different ways to access these AAC methods.

There is no 'best' type of AAC system. Each has pros and cons and the most suitable one for an individual will depend on their personal preference as well as on their abilities and needs. Specialist assessment will help to identify the most appropriate AAC system or systems.

Communication Matters recognises that augmenting communication involves both speech and writing. Sometimes augmenting communication also involves technology relating to teaching and learning, mobility, environmental control and employment.