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In many cases, students with communication disorders lack the ability to communicate successfully or they are fully nonverbal. This may be due to autism or other speech-inhibiting problems.
Fortunately, assistive technology for communication, also known as Augmentative and Alternative Communication AAC devices or systems, is available to help these students progress successfully through school.
Definition of Assistive Technology So what is assistive technology?
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AAC devices or systems range from low- to high-tech, from items as rudimentary as picture cards, to the more complex computer and alternative keyboard systems. Perhaps surprisingly, the low-tech items often provide the most convenient forms of assistive technology, since educators and students alike can easily interact with the least amount of expense or special training.
AAC Devices in the Classroom AAC devices or systems in the classroom provide valuable tools for educators and special needs students alike to facilitate and establish communication where there previously was a barrier to do so.
Here is a brief overview of some of the assistive technology for communication available.
Information and images courtesy of autism consultant Susan Stokes and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction1: These often include items such as dry erase boards, binders, folders, albums, and other means to store or convey images and pictures used in the communication exchange process.
Images may come from a variety of resources, including magazines, catalogs, or computer software such as Boardmaker. Some examples click for larger view: An example click for larger view: Conclusion As colleagues working together in the classroom, the team of educators, classroom aides, therapists, and other professionals alike share common goals for their special needs students: AAC devices or systems establish an avenue for interactive communication between teachers and learners, and in effect, provide a voice for those who often have no voice.
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Please contact us if you notice something is missing or encounter a broken link. In the case of autistic students or others who struggle with auditory reception and communication disorders, the best assistive technology for them comes in the form of visual representation systems, as these work well with the students' stronger visual processing abilities.