What are AAC Devices?
AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Augmentative means to provide supplement or add to existing abilities. Alternatives are using a different way of communicating. Our kids typically need alternative communication either by eye gaze or a touch device. These resources will assist with the education of what’s available and how they function to get our kids communicating in their world.
Here is an informative link about the AAC world and what it entails:
Different types of AAC devices:
There are different types of assisted communication
- Unaided communication systems which rely on the user’s body to convey messages
- Aided communication systems which require the use of tools or equipment in addition to the user’s body
- Electronic communication aids which allow the user to use picture symbols, letters, and/or words and phrases to create messages.
- Tobii Dynavox information – https://us.tobiidynavox.com/
- PRC- Saltillo information https://www.prentrom.com/
- Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) – https://novitatech.com.au/podd-communication-books/
- Tobii Dynavox Software https://us.tobiidynavox.com/pages/td-snap-core-first
- Tobii Special Education Platform – https://goboardmaker.com/
- AAC Information https://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/aac/
- Enabling Devices https://enablingdevices.com/product-category/communication-devices/
- Modeling AAC Devices https://www.assistiveware.com/learn-aac/start-modeling
- Accent 1400
- Tobii Dynavox
This is a list of a few options that are available to assist with communication and most commonly used in the Edwards’ Syndrome community. If your child uses a different device we would love to hear from you and learn more.
Trisomy Children who benefit from the use of AAC Devices are ones with:
- Neurological Conditions due to the genetic condition
- Cerebral Palsy