AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
AAC describes methods of communication which can be used by children, or adults, who find communication difficult because they have little or no clear speech. It adds to or replaces spoken communication. AAC can also help the user’s understanding, as well as provide a means of expression.
AAC systems may involve combinations of the following methods:
- Objects of reference
- Signing and gesture, including use of Signalong
- PECs (Picture Exchange Communication systems)
- Symbol systems such as Widgit /Communicate in Print
- Communication books and Charts
- Speech Output Devices, from single message switches to Complex Dynamic Screen devices.
- AAC supports access to the curriculum.
- AAC supports inclusion of SEN children in mainstream.
- AAC supports every child’s and young person’s ability to achieve success whichever school they are in, including special schools.
- It promotes independence, provides choices and ensures social integration at all levels.