AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
It can be defined as any methods of communicating that supplements the ordinary methods of speech and handwriting, where these are impaired (Sally Miller & Janet Scott)
There are different levels of communication technology within the field of AAC - low, medium and high tech. These are defined by the level of sophistication of the technology used, from simple books and boards to complex computer-based machines. However, most AAC users will actually employ a mixture of methods.
LOW TECH SYSTEM - click to find out more
A low tech aid has no batteries or electronic parts. It is usually made up of symbols or text on a card or made into a book.
MEDIUM TECH SYSTEM - click to find out more
A medium tech aid has a battery but no complex electronic parts. These can usually be programmed quite quickly and are ideal for use throughout the day in groups or with different activities.
HIGH TECH SYSTEM - click to find out more
A high tech aid is powered by mains or a battery which usually requires a charger. It often contains sophisticated and complex electronic parts. It may contain a speech synthesiser or be able to record speech. These devices can take a considerable time to programme specific vocabulary required. The facilitator may require specific training to programme and support this aid.
By implementing one or more of these systems within a total communication programme, we hope that the user becomes a successful communicator within their environment.
Primarily, the main objective is for each user to feel involved, integrated, included in an interactive communication situation!