According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write.
People with severe speech or language problems rely on AAC to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional. Special augmentative aids, such as picture and symbol communication boards and electronic devices, are available to help people express themselves. This may increase social interaction, school performance, and feelings of self-worth.
It is our expert belief that AAC users should not stop using speech if they are able to do so. The AAC aids and devices are used to enhance their communication.
Our services at AAC Helper include evaluation and treatment for those in need of AAC. We are able to evaluate both children and adults (age is not an object). Our clinicians will assess each individual’s abilities and needs to best match him/her to a communication system. We also provide support and training for family, caregivers, and school teams. AAC Helper will in-service your team, class or school in the area of AAC, Core Vocabulary, or the Assistive Technology topic of your choice.
The goal of AAC helper is to provide a holistic approach to teaching and learning to use AAC and Assistive technology. Our services do not stop when you obtain a device. The learning STARTS when you call us and CONTINUES through obtaining a device, but it doesn’t END until the user and all those around him/her are able to communicate. It is also our goal to integrate the individual daily needs of the client into their world of communication, vacation, outings, friends, school, community, visits, social media, church or anything you can dream up. Communication happens all the time and in many forms.