- October 13, 2017
- Posted by: BHTA
- Category: Healthcare News, Industry News
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is the term used to describe various methods of communication that are used to get around problems with ordinary speech. AAC includes simple systems such as picture, gestures and pointing, as well as more complex techniques involving powerful computer technology.
Some kinds of AAC are actually part of everyday communication, for everyone. For example, waving goodbye or giving a ‘thumbs up’ instead of speaking. Or pointing to a picture or gesturing, in a foreign country. However, some people have to rely on AAC most of the time.
AAC is used to help people express themselves. some people, both children and adults, find communication difficult because they have little or no clear speech. There are many possible causes for this including cerebral palsy, stroke, head injury, motor neurone diseases or learning disability.
Other people, for example those with autism spectrum disorders, find spoken communication difficult because they do not understand how language works and may find it difficult to connect socially. A more concrete form of communication may be easier to use.
BHTA have worked closely with Communication Matters to produce a new leaflet in their Get Wise series to help healthcare professionals and consumers to access the services local to them.
Click the link below to download Get wise to AAC services PDF: