Augmentative and Alternative Communication

What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication?

What is AAC?

Commonly referred to as AAC, Augmentative and Alternative Communication is the term used for all the ways we communicate without talking. It may be as simple as a facial expression or head shake for "no," and as complex as using a high-tech device with software that will allow it to speak what you type. For more detailed information from ASHA, Click here.

Research shows that AAC does not inhibit spoken language and actually supports the development of natural speech with a multimodal approach. It can support literacy development and reduces behavioral challenges that result from difficulty communicating. For more information on the myths and realities of AAC, click here



Some of the systems currently used in Old Tappan include:


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Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
The Picture Exchange Communication System, or PECS, allows people with little or no communication abilities to communicate using pictures. People using PECS are taught to approach another person and give them a picture of a desired item in exchange for that item. This program is important in teaching students how to initiate‚Äč communication.


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Proloquo2go on the iPad
Proloquo2Go is the name of a software application for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices that provide a "voice" for people who cannot or have difficulty speaking. It is a high-tech system that provides voice output for nonverbal students or highly unintelligible students.