Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) 10/9/2012

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) 10/9/2012
2012-10-09 17:45:16

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  1. Assitive Technology
    Any piece of equipment to increase, maintain or improve funcional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
  2. What are the categories for assistive technology?
    • aids for daily living
    • communication aids
    • computer application
    • environmental control systems
    • home and work site modifications
    • prosthetics and orthotics
    • seating and positioning
    • sensory aids for persons with hearing or visual impairments
    • wheelchairs/mobility aids
    • transportation aids
  3. Assistive technology service
    Any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.
  4. Augmentative communication
    Methods and devices that supplement existing verbal communication skills.
  5. Alternative Communication
    Techniques that substitute for spoken communication for those individuals who appear unable to unlikely to develop spoken language skills.
  6. What are the 2 kinds of AAC techniques?
    Aided and unaided

    • Aided-everything from a simple communication board to the computer with a synthetic speech output system.
    • Unaided- no external support devices or procedures. They are portable, easy to use, no cords or batteries, inexpensive - easy to replace - and others can use with little or no training.
  7. AAC
    Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  8. How do we Ax for AAC?
    • -exisiting communication abilities
    • -cognitive abilities
    • -motor abilities
    • -sensory abilities
  9. Team evaluation for AAC?
    • Regular/special ed teachers
    • OT
    • PT
    • S/L
    • Psych