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Five Signs Your Child Needs Augmentative and Alternative Communication (Rachel Madel M.A., CCC-SLP and Chris Bugaj M.A., CCC-SLP)


Tools that help people communicate are called Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and can range from simply utilizing pictures to a high-tech device such as a tablet, iPad, or computer. Here are some guidelines that can help parents recognize when to consider AAC:

  1. Child isn’t talking at all

Children start saying words by the time they are between 12 to 18 months old, and begin combining 3 to 5 words together into sentences by the time they reach preschool. If a child is over two years old and is relying on gestures (i.e., pointing, grabbing your hand, etc.), then starting AAC is essential in helping that child expand his/her communication skills.

Guidelines 2-5 can be found in the attached documents.


Assistive Technology Communication - AT Communication/Language