It’s October and this means its National Augmentative and Alternative Communication month! Augmentative and Alternative Communication, or AAC, is a method for children who are unable to speak, have a say in their thoughts, feelings, wants and needs.
AAC comes in different forms including:
Unaided: relying on the user’s body to convey messages. This includes gestures, body language, and/or sign language.
Aided: require the use of tools or equipment in addition to the user’s body. Aided communication methods can range from paper and pencil to communication books or boards to devices that produce voice output (speech generating devices or SGD’s) and/or written output. Electronic communication aids allow the user to use picture symbols, letters, and/or words and phrases to create messages. Some devices can be programmed to produce different spoken languages.
When a child is unable to express their wants and needs through their own voice, they may benefit from an AAC device. This method of communication helps reduce the frustrations of not only the child, but also the parent. It gives the child a “voice.” There are different methods of AAC devices your child may be suitable for and choosing the right method is an important process.
If you have any questions regarding AAC and feel that it may benefit your child, please contact our speech/language department at the following locations:
- Beaumont Medical Center (West Bloomfield): 248-855-4480
- Beaumont Health Center (Royal Oak): 248-655-5975
- Neighborhood Club (St. Clair Shores): 313-473-4730
—David G. Schneider, M.A., CCC-SLP
Local Event: There is also a fun filled event for individuals who use any type of AAC, their family and friends. Volunteers from The Art Experience in Pontiac will lead some amazing art activities to celebrate communication through art. Come and create, communicate and socialize with peers and new friends!
When: Saturday, October 26th, 2013
Where: Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan/Children’s Hospital Novi Center
42005 W 12 Mile Road, Novi 48377
Time: 1:00- 4:00pm; art activities will run from 1:00-3:00 pm
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-832-8939