Augmentative and Alternative Communication Program

The Augmentative and Alternative Communication Program at Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center provides evaluations, recommendations, and ongoing treatment for individuals of all ages, who have complex or unmet communication needs. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a term used to describe methods of communication that supplement an individual’s natural speech or compensate for an individual’s speech and language disorder to give them the ability to communicate a variety of messages with increased independence. AAC methods and systems can be aided or unaided, range from no-tech to high-tech, and are customizable to meet one’s unique communication needs.

AAC is an ongoing process that begins with an initial evaluation of current communication needs, conducted by a speech-language pathologist. Based on the assessment, various forms of AAC will be recommended for trialing to meet the unmet communication needs of the client.

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How AAC Systems Benefit Individuals

Communication is an essential part of our daily lives. Without the ability to communicate freely, it would be challenging to have our needs met, express our thoughts or opinions, ask or respond to questions, and form personal connections with our loved ones. Using an AAC system, individuals gain independence and the freedom to express themselves. Additionally, AAC systems support:
  • Cognitive development
  • Improved connections with family and friends
  • Development or redevelopment of natural speech
  • Decreased frustration when attempting to communicate
  • Increased grammar and literacy skills

Who Needs an AAC system?

Often, AAC systems are recommended for individuals with significantly impaired expressive language or speech production skills. This may include children, as young as preschool, through adulthood with the following diagnosis:
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Apraxia
  • Down Syndrome
  • Parkinson’s
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Genetic conditions

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