Communication Methods and Services
Our speech pathologists offer guidance and training on the full spectrum of communication devices, from sophisticated devices that provide a voice to your ideas, to a simple, individualized communication notebook that helps you use your own speech to start a conversation. We help children who need to request simple actions or items in school, and assist adults who need hands-free computer access via eye tracking.
Low-tech options can range from sign and body language, pen and pencil communication, to picture and/or symbol communication books. We teach you flexible skills that can adapt to your communication needs.
Electronic speech-generating devices allow you to produce more complex messages through synthesized speech, and often involve several layers of screens and buttons tailored to your conversational needs and abilities.
Promote Further Speech and Language Development
Augmentative and alternative communication methods are not meant to replace your current way of communicating, nor are they intended to inhibit your speech production. Research shows that augmentative and alternative communication promotes further speech and language development. We teach you to use these methods so you can make your wants or needs known and experience more successful communication exchanges.
Improved Social Interaction
Augmentative and alternative communication can also help you interact socially and more successfully with your family, medical providers, friends and in your community. AAC can reduce frustration, and help you become a more confident communicator.