Frequently Asked Questions
What is Augmentative Alternative Communication? (AAC)
Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) refers to communication methods used to replace or supplement speech. Some may rely on AAC as their primary means of communication while others might only use AAC in certain contexts.
AAC devices can be low-tech: pointing to letters, words or pictures on a board, etc. or high-tech: pointing to letters or pictures on an iPad with speech output.
What AAC devices are used at OutWord?
Letterboards, keyboards and iPads are the main AAC devices used at OutWord.
Who can benefit from Augmentative Alternative Communication?
Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) can be beneficial for people who are considered non-verbal/non-speaking as well as individuals who might have a tendency for scripting, echolalia, difficulty responding to and engaging in conversations, etc.
Individuals with autism, dyspraxia, cerebral palsy, down syndrome and other neurological differences have found the use of AAC to be beneficial.
Do you have other questions?
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