There are many types of Augmentative Alternative Communication systems. This presentation looks at no, low, and high tech examples of AAC. “No-tech” communication does not require electronic devices and relies on body language, visual supports, and communication boards. “Low-tech” are simple speech-generating devices such as single message buttons and battery-powered electronic talkers. “High-tech” types of AAC are digital apps and devices such as TouchChat for the iPad and Snap + Core for Windows. There is no one best AAC intervention for all children with speech difficulties and many children respond best to a combination of different types of AAC systems. This presentation provides examples of simple strategies that teams can use to ensure successful use of the AAC system in the school environment.
Module 1 - No Tech
Just as there are many different modes of communication, there are different types of AAC for different situations. This module looks at using paper-based communication boards in and around the school to support communication.
Module 2 - Low Tech
Single message devices such as the BIGmack are often seen as a first step to AAC. In this module, we look at different ways to use a BIGmack or a Step by Step in the classroom to enhance communication. The GoTalk 9 has the capacity for 9 symbols on one page. There are 5 levels so that different overlays can be housed on the same device. This module will look at different ideas for using these low-tech devices.
- Ablenet Action Dictionary – Free ePub of instructional ideas for low tech devices
- CALL Scotland visual poster for BIGmack
- BIGmack tutorial
- Step by Step tutorial
- Go Talk 9 tutorial
- Go Talk 9 task card
- Visit for downloadable Go Talk 9 overlays. Use the term “communication board” to browse results: Robot mouse GoTalk 9 overlay
Module 3 - High Tech
High tech systems are communication apps or software that use dynamic vocabulary displays & synthesised voices. This module will show two examples: TouchChat for iOS and Snap + Core for Windows.