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Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices

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Avery Meersman

on 28 February 2013

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Transcript of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices

Partner Strategies For some students with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other disabilities, speech may not fulfill all of their communication needs
For students with complex communication needs (CCN), the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) can have important benefits What is AAC? Picture, Symbol, Alphabet, and Word Boards provide access to the vocabulary needed
not only provides a way for the student to answer questions, but also includes vocabulary to form questions
goal: access vocabulary used by their peers provide access to AAC
develop motivating activities
provide many opportunities to communicate
wait for a response
respond to communication attempts Carlos Marin and Avery Meersman Augmentative and Alternative
Communication Think, Pair, Share What do you think some Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices are?
Have you ever had a fellow student use an AAC device before? Speech Generating Devices devices contain both pre-programmed vocabulary as well as vocabulary important to that particular student
synthesized speech, "digitized" speech, short recordings of human voices
operated by touching a keyboard/screen or "eye-tracking" technology Why Use AAC? participate in classroom activities, ask/answer questions, interact with peers
important that students with CCN have an opportunity to communicate and participate
helps students with limited speech clarify their message allows students with CCN to quickly express frequently used words
teachers should recognize and encourage a student's communication attempts
may be appropriate for the teacher to offer choices of physical objects/encourage the student to point towards desired item Signs and Gestures Prior Knowledge
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