Welcome to the world of AAC
AAC devices allow those with complex communication needs to communicate with the people important to them.
We're sure you have questions.
AAC Users are a diverse group. No one user is the same or has the same needs. We've broken it down into age groups as a starting point for thinking of AAC users at different stages of life can maximally benefit from AAC.
Kids (Birth to 18)
Kids who use AAC are most often using it as their primary form of communication. AAC is the means in which they are understanding how to interact, understand, and comprehend the world around them.
Young Adults (19-34)
Some young adults have used a device for many years. Some adults in this phase of life have an acquired condition that requires them to shift from speech to the use of a device. Each have unique challenges.
Adults who use AAC are often using devices because of an acquired disorder. This means this population often deals with a life change and very much feels like their life is now a story of Before and After.
Seniors + AAC = acute needs, long term needs, and the natural process of aging which impacts cognition, language and hearing. You typically need to mix in a smattering of end of life issues for discussion, too.
You have no reason to communicate unless you have a communication partner. If someone you know has an AAC device, we have some helpful tips.
Learning language and AAC at the same time
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