Sharon O'Dornan discusses AACThe AAC Low-Tech Toolkit was developed by SET-BC to support teachers and speech-language pathologists. Choosing and developing an augmentative and alternative communication system may seem like a daunting task. However, by starting slowly and exploring the student’s communication needs and skills you will begin to find your way to the best AAC solution. Students who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) should have a “non-technical” or “low-technical” system. These systems are the foundation for exploring voice-output technology. A symbol assessment is often a precursor to developing non-technical AAC. This will help you determine:

  • Type of symbol the student can recognize
  • Number of selections that can be presented at one time
  • Size of selection the student can accurately target

You will also need to think about what vocabulary you will choose, where the communication system will be used and the ways in which the system can be incorporated into the student’s day. Remember that a non-technical AAC system typically continues to be an important form of communication for students after a technical system is available.

The AAC toolkit is provided to help teams explore non-technical AAC options. We hope it gives you ideas for getting students started with AAC!

IntroductionConsiderations and GuidelinesSymbol AssessmentTheme BoardsCommunication Flip BooksPartner Assisted Scanning PODDPicture Exchange Communication System (PECS)Adapted BooksVisual Screen DisplaysBoardmaker Activity PadConclusion