Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
Adelaide West Special Education Centre specialises in communication programs for students with little or no speech. Students are supported by a wide range of communication technologies to develop skills enabling participation in class and play activities. Students have a communication goal based on their specific needs and abilities.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is the term used to describe the full range of communication methods that are used across the school to supplement or substitute for normal speech or writing when these are impaired or absent. The term encompasses everything from gestures and signing, to aids, which can be low-tech (such as tactile or picture boards and books) or high-tech (devices employing the latest technology and voice output). AAC aids which are provided, supported and used across the school range from single-message devices to those capable of storing thousands of messages.
A student’s ability to participate in the classroom curriculum and play is supported by modified programs and activities which may involve a number of communication methods and a range of technologies to assist physical access.
We work with families and therapists and provide extensive professional learning for teachers and SSOs in AAC.