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Dynamics Therapy Centre for Kids
Issue 55 | November 2018
Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC): What is it?

Alternative and Augmentative Communication or AAC includes all the ways we communicate (express our ideas, wants, needs and opinions) without talking. It is either used as an alternative to speech or to augment speech. This can be through:

  • Facial expressions
  • Communication Board
  • Makaton/Key Word Sign
  • Objects
  • Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS)
  • Eye gaze devices
  • Gestures
  • Signing
  • Writing or typing
  • Pictures
  • Switches or switch activated devices
  • Speech generating devices

Every day we all use some form of AAC, whether it be through texting someone, sending an email, making a facial expression, or pointing to something that we want. For some of our clients, their verbal communication or speech may not be enough for them to effectively communicate their wants, needs, and opinions across all communication partners, activities and environments. When this occurs, a speech and language therapist can work with the client and their family to help develop and implement AAC to help them communicate effectively.

Research shows that use of AAC has a large, positive effect on communication. It can help reduce communication breakdowns, tantrums and frustration, it can lead to more effective and enjoyable interactions, it can help develop language skills (both understanding and expression) and structure.AAC Devices
Use of an AAC device will not stop a child from speaking. Children and adults alike will always use the easiest method to get their message across – whether that is by crying, talking, exchanging a picture, reaching for an object or using a speech generating device. Please schedule an assessment and therapy with our speech and language therapists if you think your child would benefit from AAC.

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Quick Tips
A speech and language therapist can help guide you for the best AAC device or system for your child, family and environment. Here are some AAC Do’s and Don’ts:

Social Skills Group
  • Use the AAC system to talk for yourself
  • Provide models for the AAC user – Model expected behaviours before expecting the user to do them
  • Use a well-designed, comprehensive vocabulary
  • Provide enough wait time (10-20 seconds while looking expectantly at the AAC user)
  • Ask open ended questions and create opportunities for communication
  • Follow a prompt hierarchy (recommended by the SLT)
  • Focus on key words when modelling
  • Regularly update the vocabulary
  • Teach a variety of language functions – requesting, commenting, directing, requesting for assistance
  • Make sure AAC is available all day, every day, in every environment and with all communication partners
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  • Don’t do all the talking
  • Don’t expect the AAC user to communicate without you modelling how
  • Don’t provide an AAC system with only a handful of choices
  • Don’t ask questions the AAC user knows you already know the answer to
  • Don’t think you need to always model grammatically correct and complete sentences
  • Don’t over-prompt
  • Don’t say “and now say it on your device”
  • Don’t only teach how to request
  • Don’t limit access to the AAC system, allow “babbling” (such as button pressing and exploring)
  • Don’t delete vocabulary - it’s ok to tell someone “no” rather than taking away their option to request it at all
Our Affiliates

Dynamics Therapy Centre for Kids is affiliated with:

Dynamics Speech

Dynamics Success Centre


Dynamics Psychological Practice

Early Intervention Programme

We have a large team of speech and language therapists, occupational therapists,
educational therapists, psychologists, teachers & all supported by our administration team.
You can be assured that at Dynamics you only get the best, from the best!

Please contact for more information details at 6734 2634 | 6100 9235 or email inquiry@dynamics.com.sg
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