We believe that communication is successful when everyone can share their own thoughts, ideas, and wishes. Together we can support communication for anyone, anywhere, anytime. These articles have lots of information about how to do this with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
Help for those who can’t speak
AAC are tools or technology that help people communicate if they can’t (always) rely on speech.
We should always presume competence for a person with communication difficulties. Presuming competence affects how we make choices around AAC, and how we provide opportunities and access to words, communication functions and the alphabet.
Point to words on the AAC system as you talk to the AAC user. Model regularly throughout the day. Model different reasons to communicate - not just requests. Model in conversations and natural interactions.