AAC in the School Curriculum
CSD 823X Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Michigan State University
What is AAC?
According to the American
Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), augmentative and
alternative communication is a form of communication (other
than oral expression) through which a person is able to
express their wants, thoughts, needs, and ideas. There are
two types of of AAC systems: unaided and aided communication
systems. Unaided systems rely on the individual's body to
convey messages (gestures, sign language, etc). Aided
systems require the use of tools in addition to the
individual's body (utilizing paper and pencil, communication
boards, voice output devices, etc).
What types of
AAC are used in the schools?
Some forms of AAC utilizing in the schools
includes manual sign language, gestures, vocalizations,
communication boards, PECS, electronic devices, and/or
speech generating devices.
Learn about the role of SLPs in the schools in
regards for AAC and the various AAC devices often used in
the schools here: SLPs