The Importance Of Augmentative And Alternative Communication Devices

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Abstract
One of the most commonly occurring difficulties that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can have is the inability to communicate the way in which they want to. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices help people by supplementing or replacing spoken language and assisting them with complex communication needs by increasing their ability to use speech and communicate in their everyday lives (Ganz, Hong, Gilliland, Morin, & Svenkerud, 2015). The utilization of AAC devices, especially in regards to early intervention, results in and increase in communication and linguistic gains across four areas: pragmatics, semantics, syntax, and morphology (Sennott, Light, & McNaughton, 2016). AAC devices are crucial in the lives of both children and adults with communication needs so it is important for people to be familiar with them and how to use them, particularly parents and teachers. This paper seeks to summarize and shine spotlight on the positive outcomes that current research portrays on the impact of AAC devices.

Importance of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices and Early Intervention Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies first arose in the early 1980’s when creators began developing expressive communication tools in order to assist those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) (Shane et al., 2012). During that time, it was finally being understood that people with developmental disabilities
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