Learning AAC is like learning a new language. Individuals will be successful when the whole family commits to participating in the process. It’s also crucial to communicate with AAC with the individual. This is called Aided Language Input or Aided Language Stimulation. We talk like the people around us, so we all need to be a model of communication. It is also best to view everyday interactions as communication opportunities, rather than “set up” situations that are not natural and unlikely to be repeated at home. This is the natural approach to communication, which is a hallmark of care at Talking Brains.
Creating an AAC literate “team”
including family, caregivers, educators, and/or employers
One of the most challenging aspects of AAC and AT is providing training across environments. It is important that not only the caregivers understand how an individual's communication system works, but other people such as educators, need to also be able to understand the communication approach. Talking Brains can provide school and vocational training in the area of AAC and AT to support individuals with complex communication.