Today is World Voice Day!
We at Project Play want to celebrate all the different ways a person is able to express themselves. One of those ways is through AAC. AAC allows children who are not able to talk to use something else to communicate with those around them. We believe that every child has the right to communication and it is the job of our amazing speech-language pathologists to figure out a way for every child to do just that.
What is AAC?
- AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Some examples include, sign language, gesturing, writing, touching pictures, or pushing buttons on a device and a computer speaks for them. These are all different ways of communicating and connecting with people, without utilizing one’s own actual voice.
How Does AAC help my child communicate?
- There are multiple benefits for using AAC. In addition to giving the user means of expressive language, AAC enhances your child’s receptive language, reduces frustration and behavior problems, empowers the child, facilitates social interactions, supports learning and cognitive skills, and increases overall enjoyment and engagement in life and communication with people they love.
How can I implement AAC at home?
- PECS (Picture Exchange Communication Symbols) are a great way to introduce AAC into your home. For example, if your child eats two foods, take a picture of both foods and have the pictures side by side on the pantry door, now instead of the child having trouble communicating what they want, with pointing and verbalizing, they can simply take the picture off and hand it to you for means of requesting that item.
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