Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)

“AAC” is the international denomination for all communication helps, from a picture book to a full communication system, software or engine.

An Augmentative Alternative Communication is any form of communication (verbal communication excepted) witch substitutes or helps verbal communication of one person who never could speak or has lost speaking capacity.

Our goal is to evaluate the remaining capacities to establish which of the AAC helps would be appropriated to be able to communicate if possible autonomously. Communication is essential for everyone for socializing. To communicate with an oral language seems to us so normal till one certain moment or event independent from our will suddenly prevent us from communicating. The are various methods but only one goal: to communicate! This summary about Alternative and Augmentative communication is the result from 15 ans of practical experiences. The purpose is to help any person in search of information about Alternative and Augmentative Communication. Our work is precisely on the field and we know that the domain of Alternative and Augmentative Communication is spreading more and more and that technologies are changing very quickly. Our wish is to propose leads and to try to create links between all associations who works in the field of Alternative and Augmentative Communication. Good movement to everybody and don’t hesitate to contact us because any complementary information is welcome! The AAC Communication systems can be devided in 3 groups:

  1. Gestural systems
  2. Grafic systems ( monosemic or polysemic )
  3. Alphabetic systems
  • Lezette says:

    What a nice topic. As a parent of a 14yr old High Functioning Autism child, I must say I’ve thuoght about this. This is our educated conclusion.The touch cell phones are great, many apps, and possibility’s, but a larger screen is nice because of spacing of the letters. My son did a video monologue as part of a report, up-loaded it to the computer and burnt it on a disk, displayed his report with a poster board, and presented his video to the class on a projected computer via disk .W’e've opted for a compact laptop. Educationally it has better all around use, in the class room, home work. But the available of adding Professional Dragon Naturally Speek 11 is helping my child keep up with his peers so he can participate in regular classes and curriculum.He can audio record his assignments, use this for lecture note’s and recording a lecture, in Science he can use if to do his labs. His English processing show’s his capability and use of vocabulary . A lap top has mulit functions, his voice recognition software can bump in and out of programs word power point- excel .When I looked at tablets, there wasn’t enough room for additional programs, and student and teachers programs. Hand’s down Invest in a small laptop, or if the nd is less go with the I pad. It’s up to you, but take your child out with you. Dell has a touch screen laptop available we might move on too.I wish I knew more about computer technology, years ago because it’s improved my child’s educational ability’s by bridging the gap between the pace of processing, reducing anxiety and frustration.Best of luck to you all, and more power to you.