Our goal as speech-language pathologists is to consider each individual person as a whole communication partner with unique and individual needs, and to enhance communication in whatever ways necessary to fulfill an individual’s self-worth, educational experience and quality of life through social interactions.
Here are 10 things Prentke Romich Corporation says to consider if you know a child who uses Augmentative Communication.
- I wish my friends would joke with me
- I wish my teacher would learn how to work my communication aid.
- I wish adults would stop shouting at me like I can’t hear.
- I wish my therapist wouldn’t have a heart attack when my machine doesn’t work.
- I wish people would remember that I don’t always spell very well.
- I wish my friends would have more patience with me.
- I wish my teacher would call on me for “Share Day.”
- I wish everyone would just give me enough time to say what I’m thinking.
- I wish people wouldn’t hit my machine when it doesn’t work. That’s my mouth they are hitting!
- I wish I could walk and talk like my sister and brother.
If your child has a friend who uses AAC, talk to him about how to treat his friend as he wishes to be treated.
–Heather Osterhouse, M.A., CF-SLP, Beaumont Pediatric Speech Department