Having a robust AAC system can feel overwhelming at first, and as SLPs we completely understand that there will be a learning curve! However, the pros of having a robust AAC system (which may seem complicated at first) far outweigh the cons.
But firstâ¦ what is a robust AAC system?
A robust AAC system will allow an AAC learner to be able to completely express themselves with their system to the same extent as a verbal communicator. While it may be difficult to imagine our 2-3 year old using sentences, we need to start with the end in mind. If we put our kids in a box from the beginning, it will be a lot harder for them to have the opportunities to become independent communicators.
So what are the components of a robust AAC system?
One of the best ways to ensure that a system will grow with a child is to start with the largest grid size possible, so motor planning stays consistent as the child learns more vocabulary. Encourage exploration of the device -- that is one of the ways the child will learn it!
Many of our Autistic kids are amazing with navigating televisions, iPhones, and YouTube... and this is another great indication that yes, they can "handle" a robust language system!
by Halle Demchuk, SLP
Paediatric SLP | GLP-Trained Clinician | Owner of HAEPI SLP
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