AAC Myths and Facts
AAC reduces motivation to attempt speech.
Research shows that AAC does NOT hinder speech development.
In fact, it facilitates development of natural speech.
|AAC IS A LAST RESORT - INTRODUCED ONLY WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS.|
◦AAC is NOT a last resort. It can be offered along with Speech therapy.
◦Withholding AAC leads to frustration and limits language development.
|YOUNG CHILDREN ARE NOT READY FOR AAC.|
Earlier the better!
|Ability to express basic needs means AAC is not needed.|
Communication goes way beyond requesting!
Ability to express thoughts, wants, ideas, feelings empowers and leads to all-round development.
|Children need to have a set of prerequisite skills to start using AAC.|
First, there are NO prerequisites skills (cognitive, motor, language) for AAC use.
Every child should have access to AAC systems that promote effective communication.
Myths and Facts Posters
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