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Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)

Exchanging pictures can encourage development of language process without the challenge of clear vocalisations

Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) describes a range of communication strategies that do not rely on verbal speech. By removing the requirement to produce complex, organised speech sounds, many children with communication difficulties can be more effective in their communication. Common methods of AAC include visual schedules and choice boards, picture exchange systems, electronic communication devices and applications for iPod touch/iPad, and gestural and signing systems.

Therapists at MoveAbout Therapy Services may utilise (or trial) these methods within therapy sessions, and work with families and schools as required to implement appropriate AAC strategies in functional environments. All staff at MoveAbout Therapy Services have received training in the use of Makaton key word signing, with key staff trained in the PECS system, and regular internal training sessions sharing details of other AAC methods.