It can be hard to get your child's team on board to using high tech AAC if there are concerns about the child's "accuracy" or ability to isolate individual buttons.
As SLPs, we know that mis-hits are completely normal and are part of the process of learning the AAC device. However, I understand that sometimes it can impede on getting that much needed buy-in from others to use the device. Rather than limiting the number of buttons on the screen, try a keyguard instead!
A keyguard is a piece of plastic that is custom-made to fit your device and program. It sits nicely on top of the screen and under the case, and allows separation between each of the buttons.
Most people would benefit from a keyguard -- adult AAC users have spoken out about how they are helpful for using the device without looking. In Ontario, your speech-language pathologist can recommend a keyguard as part of your required AAC equipment!
Have you tried a keyguard yet?
by Halle Demchuk, SLP
Paediatric SLP | GLP-Trained Clinician | Owner of HAEPI SLP
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