Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is used to either replace or augment a person's natural speech.

"An AAC aid is any device either electronic or non-electronic, that is used to transmit messages, such as communication books or voice output devices using symbols such as photographs, line drawings, or words.

Low tech augmentative and alternative communication. (AAC)

There are many differing opinions of the line between low tech and high tech assistive technology devices. For this WIKI, I will include all AAC that is static. This will include Language Boards to simple voice output devices such as a Big Mac to static multi level devices such as the Go Talk 20 and Tech Speak.

This first WIKI page will give some information on using picture communication symbols.

Tips and Tricks:

* Make sure you are consistent with the icons used. When students begin using language boards or picture communication symbols (pcs) you may begin with objects, real pictures or line drawings (such as Boardmaker pcs). As the student learns one system, you need to progress to the next level. For example, if you start with objects, you will go to pictures, then to pcs. When moving from class-to-class, you want to use the same icons to help with the transition. Using the same icons will also help when the student moves to a more sophisticated device.

*Have all the icons in the same position on the overlays as much as possible. Having the icons in the same position will make it easier for the students moving between "pages" or "levels" of the communication device.

Links:

This site gives pictures for various topics and themes.

pre made language boards

PictureSET is a collection of downloadable visual supports that can be used by students for both receptive and expressive communication in the classroom, at home, and in the community. There is a searchable database in this website.
Picture Set

This is a bonanza of visual materials for teachers
Speaking of Speech

Symbol World has adapted stories to print out for your students.
Symbol World

Visuals Engine from Connectability in Canada joins a number of excellent free visual support and communication board making programs.
Visual Engines
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