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AAC interventions have a positive impact on speech production among all ages and across a variety of AAC intervention approaches. Of the participants reviewed, 94% demonstrated an increase in speech production.
When a student is nonverbal or minimally verbal, adults will sometimes delay introducing an augmentative or alternative communication system believing that the system will replace natural speech production. In a comprehensive literature search, Millar, Light, and Schlosser (2006) reviewed 23 studies that included data on speech production and AAC intervention. The results indicatedthat AAC interventions have a positive impact on speech production among all ages and across a variety of AAC intervention approaches. Of the participants reviewed, 94% demonstrated an increase in speech production.
If you would like to increase the verbalizations of students, implement an AAC system during instructional activities. Here are some examples:
|Nonverbal or Minimally Verbal Individuals||When reading a repetitive story, use a talking switch or other voice output device paired with a picture symbol to represent the word you want the child to repeat.|
|Individuals with Autism||When first introducing a voice output device, record single words only, one word per switch or button, paired with a picture. This will give the student the prompt to verbally repeat each word.|
|Individuals with ComplexCommunication Needs||Always give a choice during routine daily activities, even when you know the preference of the student. Choices can be made using eye gaze, picture selection, gesture or verbal responses.|
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Millar, D.C., Light, J.C., & Schlosser, R.W. (2006). The impact of augmentative and alternative communication intervention on the speech production of individuals with developmental disabilities: A research review. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 49, 248-264.
Expression Connection is a program of the DSCBA Educational Alliance. Through this program, we ensure that children who have communication and speech difficulty due to Down syndrome have access to Alternative and Augmentative Communication systems. It is our goal to make sure every individual is empowered and has the ability to communicate. We offer a lending library of AAC devices, consultations and training presentations. To learn more about the program, please see our information guide here. To schedule a consultation, please contact Kati Skulski, M.S. CCC-SLP [email protected]
Thank you to the California Communication Access Foundation for giving the gift of expression to our members and education to their families and schools!
Children and adults with moderate to severe speech impairments benefit from alternative and additional ways to talk. Communication boards are a great low-tech AAC tool to quickly improve basic communication. These boards can also be utilized as visual supports to help with comprehension and/or following multi step tasks. Explore our inventory here.
How the library works
- Find a board and print! Select the pdf file, download it to your device and print.
- Customize. Did you find a board that will work but needs a little personalization such as pictures, names, etc.? Customization of a board can be requested by submitting this form:
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Check out what we have in our AAC lending library here.
For information on the Loan Agreement, please click here.
If you are interested in borrowing from the AAC lending library, please contact Amanda at [email protected]
The following presentations have been presented at the DSC:
AAC Basics: Provides AAC definitions and systems, and identifying when AAC is needed
AAC Services: Discusses where services can be obtained and the components that guide AAC intervention
AAC & Literacy Instruction: Presents literacy models and AAC/literacy implementation and programs
AAC Myths: Identifies common myths and truths about AAC
Fostering Friendships: Explores interpersonal, educational, and communicative components for facilitating friendships
Personal Books: Discusses the hows and whys of creating personal books to support literacy
Power of Communication: Highlights AAC systems and strategies utilized in 4 diverse children with Down syndrome
Access through AT: Shares tech-based tools and strategies to make math, reading, and writing more accessible
COMMUNICATION APP WHEEL: Communication apps organized by function and features.
Non-Content-Specific Apps: These are great apps to reinforce and modify curriculum. Fun learning tools!
AAC Apps: Brought to us by our friends at the Technology Resource Center of Marin.
Funding Guide: Dr. Marilyn Buzolich, a world-renowned AAC specialist from San Francisco, CA. You can find more information at www.acts-at.com.
PRAACTICAL AAC: A blog about the state of the field, sharing information about implementing AAC strategies, providing resources and discussing news of interest to the AAC community.
YAACK: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Connecting Young Kids (YAACK) is a website that covers issues related to AAC and young children.
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AAC INSTITUTE: A nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to the most effective communication for people who rely on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
BOSTON CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL: The Augmentative Communication Program has a rich history in the design, development and research of assistive technology in issues related to augmentative communication.
SPECTRONICS: A great resource for AAC communication-based apps.
ACTS: ACTS has provided AAC and AT services in the Bay Area since 1982. In addition to services, ACTS contains a wealth of information regarding best practices in AAC and funding.
Program FeedbackFrom resources and inclusion specialists: “(Student) uses his AAC device to answer questions which allow him access to participate in games with his peers, and allow greater access to the school curriculum