What Is an Augmentative and Alternative (AAC) Device?

An augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device, is a tablet or laptop that helps someone with a speech or language impairment to communicate. The term AAC device is often used interchangeably with terms like speech-generating device (SGD) or assistive communication device or simply communication device. AAC devices help users to communicate through a combination of words, sentences, and images that the device then “says out loud.” Additionally, users can also communicate by typing or drawing, sharing pictures and videos, or even repeating words they hear out loud.

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Lingraphica AAC devices allow you to communicate in five different ways. Improves speech and comprehension through activities, videos, and quizzes. And allows you to connect with others online or in person. Learn more and get a free consultation.

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What Are the Benefits of AAC Devices?

AAC devices have many benefits that have been shown both in research and in the success stories told by device users and their families. The most immediate benefit is improved communication, which is associated with:

Increased independence for everyday activities

Ability to better participate in day-to-day life

Fewer communication breakdowns

Better connection with family and friends

AAC devices also provide therapeutic benefits. Simply using a device has been shown to improve language skills and many individuals experience an increase in verbal speech. Lingraphica AAC devices also offer activities, videos, and quizzes that can improve speech and cognition.

Finally, AAC devices are beneficial to the user’s caregiver and family members since it allows the user to be more independent and reduces the burden on others.

Who Can Benefit From Using An AAC Device?

Individuals of various ages and a variety of speech and language impairments can benefit from using AAC devices. To learn more about how you can use an AAC device with a specific kind of communication impairment, visit the links below.

How Do You Communicate with an AAC Device?

People use AAC devices in different ways to help with communication. How you communicate often varies based on the type of communication impairment you have and how severe it is. Lingraphica AAC devices make it easy for people of various ages and a wide range of abilities to communicate. You can communicate through one or more of the following methods:

Are AAC Devices Complicated to Learn or Use?

Some AAC devices can be complex and difficult to learn and customize. However, Lingraphica devices are designed to be simple and easy to use. With little or no training, you can easily add icons, words, phrases, images, and videos. Or simply take advantage of the icons that are readily available by tapping on them the moment you power your device on.

Can People with Physical Limitations Use AAC Devices?

Yes. Although it is easy to interact with a device using a touchscreen or keyboard and mouse, there are dozens of available accessories that can help to improve device accessibility.

Does an AAC Device Have to Be Used All the Time?

The short answer is no, you don’t have to use the device all the time. Verbal speech is always encouraged. Additionally, there may be times when a gesture can be faster than using a device. However, an AAC device is great tool to have in your toolbox for communicating complex messages, particularly to people with whom you are less familiar. This can help make you more independent.

Does Using an AAC Device Delay Speech?

Research shows that the opposite is true. Using a device can have a positive impact on speech and language skills. Many users report an increase in speech after they start using an AAC device. This is because devices offer stimulation that can help language recovery or acquisition.

Do I Need an AAC Device If Others Can Somewhat Understand Me?

At times, you might be able to communicate certain words and phrases clearly. However, at other times you may get stuck and be unable to communicate the right words or complex thoughts and stories. In these cases, an AAC device can be very helpful by allowing you to use more meaningful words and phrases to share important messages.

Will an AAC Device Fix All of My Communication Problems?

Although AAC devices can greatly improve communication, it doesn’t mean you won’t experience communication breakdowns periodically. Some tips to make using an AAC device as beneficial as possible include:

  • Personalize the device. Be sure to include names, objects, places, things, and phrases that matter to you. Include pictures and videos.
  • Create stories in the device. Share stories and anecdotes from your life with those around you.
  • Involve family, friends, and caregivers. The more people who learn to use the device and can support you, the better.
  • Know some of the common signs that you are using your AAC device successfully.

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