Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) refers to any strategy or equipment that helps people who struggle with talking. For some children this will be a short term solution to support them whilst their speech is developing whereas for others AAC, in one form or another, will be an important part of their communication throughout their life.
Communication is so much more than speech. We can converse through our body language facial, expressions and natural gesture e.g. waving. For people who struggle with talking AAC capitalises on these forms of communication alongside more specific strategies to support or replace speech. These range from the use of pen and paper, sign language and symbols (pictures representing words), through to electronic devices that speak a person’s message. These may be relatively simple devices such as iPads or in a few cases much more sophisticated computers that are controlled with the eyes or other specialist devices.