Kids and AAC
Kids who use AAC are most often using it as their primary form of communication and it’s the means in which they are understanding how to interact, understand, and comprehend the world around them.
Facts about AAC for kids:
The earlier the better for AAC interventions! It’s easy to graduate a child off of AAC if they develop other means to communicate, but it’s 10x harder to teach a teenager how to navigate a device when they’ve spent many of their school years without one.
AAC systems can support communication
Giving a child an AAC device increases their ability to be independent
A pediatrician needs to recommend a child for an evaluation for a device if you are seeking the device through insurance. If purchasing through insurance, the device is your child’s and goes wherever they go.
If the school is providing the device the SLP there can complete the evaluation but the device ultimately will belong to the school and may not be able to come home with the child or “graduate” with them.
A new device can be bought every 5 years through insurance pending a new evaluation.
Myths about AAC and kids:
- If a child starts using a device, they won’t ever develop oral speech.
AAC will make my child stick out and make it harder to make peer friendships.
An AAC user will never develop literacy skills
AAC is only the expensive devices that are hard to get and complicated and break easily.