DIY Low Tech AAC: Introduction to this collection

Author-Avatar Deirdre McLaughlin

12/3/2018 2:19 PM

Creating a communication system for a patient, client, or family member that meets their needs after many iterations and much time spent planning, creating, and training is perhaps the most rewarding experiences that one can have. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) as a field is driven by individuals with the mission of empowering, supporting, and advocating for people with complex communication needs. This is no easy task and many responsibilities can fall on a busy clinician, family member, or care provider and the responsibility of such can be overwhelming. Generally speaking, clinicians, family members, and other care providers try to encourage different modalities of communication for different situation including both aided (high tech, mid tech, low tech systems) and unaided (i.e. individual's own body language) forms of communication when possible. 

The importance of including low tech communication supports as an aided strategy for AAC users is paramount. Devices break. Devices can’t go hiking, to the beach or to the pool. Devices lose battery. Devices have technical issues (back up all custom programming!) Having a low tech system that either complements or supplements a high tech AAC system is best practice.The goal of this collection is to collect the suggestions expert clinicians (slp, ot, atp), blogs, and personal experience have taught me about making low tech communication aids for a variety of purposes. I hope this collection will also act as a place where others may add to these posts with information from their own experiences. Please feel free to comment with your own projects or suggestions to add your knowledge and clinical experience to the AAC/communication matrix community!

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