AAC and other communication

Amanda Hartmann, a Speech-Language Pathologist, has written this article as part of a series of Do’s and Don’ts of AAC.  She recommends respecting multi-modal communication, and avoiding requiring AAC users to use their device every time they wish to communicate.  Just as we might talk, email, text, Facebook message, etc- an AAC user might vocalise, point, sign, gesture etc- and all are different but valid forms of communication.  Her suggestion is to accept the communication as offered, but rather than require the same message through the device, acknowledge the communication, then use the opportunity to model.

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