Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices
Communication is vital to us in every venue. When an individual is unable to use speech as a primary means of communication, Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices or AAC devices can ensure their voice is heard. AAC devices are widely used come in many forms.
First off there are dedicated devices. These devices have one sole purpose: communication. One example of a dedicated device is the Tobii I-Series. The I-Series tracks the users eye movement in order to create easy to understand speech. Devices like this one can cost as much as $15,000! Luckily there are cheaper alternatives like the GoTalk9+. This easy-to-use device is perfect for users who are just starting out with AAC. At a starting price of $219, it features core buttons for frequently used words and phrases.
Non-dedicated devices on the other hand are commonly used and familiar to most people. These can be a smart phone, iPad, or a laptop with AAC software or apps installed. Grid for iPad features content for all age groups and levels of literacy. This app is available as a one-time purchase or a monthly subscription. Grid 3 is designed to run on a variety of devices and computers that meet minimum specifications. With so many options, finding the right fit is critical. A Speech Language Pathologist can help to determine what AAC Device is right for the user. When used with speech therapy, AAC devices can help language development. When communication is accessible to all, independence becomes attainable for the masses.