May is Better Speech and Hearing month and today we are shining a light on AAC’s. If you aren’t quite familiar with the speech and hearing world, you may not have heard of an AAC device.
AAC, or augmentative and alternative communication, takes many forms including gesturing, writing, pushing buttons, or even using facial expressions to communicate. People with severe speech problems, especially those with non-verbal autism, can benefit highly from what we call an “AAC Device,” which is simply a device that speaks for them.
Our practice is very familiar with AAC devices. Our CEO and Owner, Dr. Stephanie Vavilala’s, daughter Sabita, who has non-verbal autism, speaks with a tablet with AAC software, which is considered a high-tech aided system. Working closely with a speech and language pathologist (SLP) can help your child learn how to use these tools to better communicate.
Do you have or know someone who has a child in need of an AAC device? If so, check out SabitaSpeaks.org and nominate your child or the person you know to see if Sabita Speaks can help provide this device at no cost.