As SLPs, caregivers and providers, we want children to feel comfortable in their environment and be fully able to express themselves across many different communicative functions -- including *bodily awareness and integrity*. This means that they first need to learn how to identify and refer to their own body parts, and this of course includes AAC users!
Many kids who are minimally verbal have a hard time identifying when (or where) they experience pain. By teaching them to find the words for body parts using AAC, it can help them express themselves during crucial moments when they are hurt, sick, uncomfortable, etc.
All children deserve to have the ability to advocate for themselves and to express bodily autonomy.
by Halle Demchuk, SLP
Paediatric SLP | GLP-Trained Clinician | Owner of HAEPI SLP
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