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Updated: Oct 25, 2023

Did you know that this month is augmentative and alternative communication month?

AAC has to do with alternative forms of communication. AAC looks different for every individual because every individual communicates in their own unique ways. These are some forms of AAC:

  • Picture exchange communication system

  • Speech generating devices

  • American Sign Language

  • Commutation core boards

There are many ways to teach a neurodiverse individual to communicate. I recommend using naturalistic teaching approaches as well as modeling for the individual of the communication methods they are going to use. For example, I learned to used picture exchange communication system very young when I was still nonverbal at the time. Plus, I have an intellectual disability classroom in an elementary school I’ve been working with to implement communication core board for their students to help their learners communicate. It's important to let neurodiverse people explore their new communication methods. Most importantly, remember that more than one alternative communication form should be accepted. AAC replaces a lot of behaviors such as headbanging, biting, etc., in order to increase an individual's quality of life.

What communication method have you been trying to teach your child/student? What approaches have you tried using to teach your child communication skills? Share your thoughts in the comments section!


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