AAC Awareness Month Part 2: Myths and Facts

Posted by Jessica Conrad on 11/4/2015

Do you know the facts that can debunk these commonly held myths and misconceptions about AAC and its users?

Myth: AAC is a computer that speaks words

Fact: Just as we communicate in various ways (texting, waving our hands, pointing, talking, etc.) AAC users need to communi-
cate in a variety of ways. Signing, a post it note, a paper board with choices, a button that flashes different colors can all be

types of successful AAC. Not every AAC user needs a high-tech device. See our website www.ssjcs.k12.in.us/at for more

resources about devices and AAC systems

Myth: Students should start out with a low tech AAC solution, and if that doesn't work, consider more expensive, high-
er tech solutions.

Fact: students should be matched up with the solution that best fits their needs. Price and the amount of technology should

never be a "wait until you fail" barrier to what users need to communicate.

Myth: AAC prevents a student from learning to speak aloud

Fact: all research indicates that AAC supports a student's understanding and use of language, and AAC helps support the skills

needs to learn to speak aloud.

Myth: AAC is the speech-language pathologist's job.

Fact: AAC is usually evaluated and planned for by the SLP, but it takes the student, teacher, parents, and other communication

partners to help implement the best intervention for a student.

The average 18 month old child has been exposed to over 4,000 hours of oral language input from birth, but a child who only

receives input and practice during speech/language therapy will reach that same amount of language exposure when they are

84 years (source: Jane Korsten).

More great resources: www.ssjcs.k12.in.us/at AND http://www.myaac.org/aac-101/47