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Jan 15

AAC Apps

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by Doug Goldberg

What is AAC?

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.

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.

* From the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Below is a list of popular AAC apps for the ipad














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One Response to “AAC Apps”

  1. Thanks for posting this.

    For more info on AAC, I’d recommend that parents and providers look at the YAACK, WATI, and Novita (PODD) websites.

    There’s a wealth of info on YAACK, including the research that AAC does NOT impede vocalization. On Wati, anyone can use their resources to document the need for AAC. Look here to understand what PODD is: http://www.novita.org.au/Content.aspx?p=683

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