Could someone you love benefit from an AAC device?
AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. An AAC device provides a way for someone with a communication disability to express him or herself. Many individuals from very young children through elderly adults use AAC devices to communicate their wants and needs, ask questions, and express thoughts and emotions.
There are many types of AAC devices, from simple hand-made picture boards, to complex, electronic devices that produce audible words and sentences. Most devices involve pointing to or tapping on a picture, word, or symbol in order to communicate an idea. There are even devices that are controlled by a person’s eye gaze, for those who can no longer use their fingers to push buttons or type words. Some speech generating devices can be downloaded onto a tablet for a relatively low cost.
Types of individuals who may benefit from an AAC device include children who suffer from apraxia of speech, children and adults who suffer from cerebral palsy, individuals who suffer from ALS, individuals who have undergone a laryngectomy (removal of vocal cords), or those who have had a stroke. There are many, many devices on the market, so it is important to review all available options with pros and cons, including cost, in order to select the right device. Some insurances will cover the cost of an AAC device.
If you know someone who has difficulty communicating, and are wondering if an AAC device could help them, please feel free to give our clinic a call and set up a consultation with our speech-language pathologist.