Augmentative and Alternative Communication - Abby Turner
What do we do when students cannot speak?
Myths about AAC
Here are some Myths about AAC that still persist today but need to be challenged.
Myth #1 - Kids must have certain prerequisite skills in order to use AAC
Myth #2 - Some students are too cognitively impaired to use AAC
Myth #3 - Some kids are too young for AAC
Myth #4 - AAC will impede natural speech
Myth #5 - Having some speech means AAC is not needed
- "It's fine to party like it's 1999, but let's not practice Speech-Language Pathology that way" (Dr. Carole Zagari - www.practicalaac.org)
Training and Supporting Teachers and Staff
Worth the Struggle
She found the button that says "What's your name?" and jumped out of her seat with the iPad in hand. Her teacher and I looked at each other, slightly alarmed. But she then proceeded to go around the room, and using the talker, asked each person their name. When she sat down she found the button that said "Who is in your family?" and asked me about my family. After I listed off the members of my family she patted my arm and gave me a thumbs up. It was a powerful moment for me. These are not questions she had the ability to ask before, even though she can use some signs, gestures, and words. Putting this talker in her hands just opened up a world of connections for her. And also for me.