Augmentative Communication

Research has shown that it is very important to give children the ability to communicate while they are learning to speak vocally.  Children will always find a way to communicate and if the child isn't given functional ways to communicate, they are likely to develop maladaptive behaviors.  It is important to understand that giving the child an augmentative communication system does not keep him or her from talking but instead tends to increase the rate of vocal language as the child realizes the value of communication and becomes more and more motivated to "talk".  The therapists at Let's Talk have experience teaching of a wide variety of augmentative communication systems including sign language, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), as well a wide variety of voice output devices.


Jean Jarrett, MS, CCC/SLP
Jean Jarrett
Speech/Language Pathologist

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By Tracy Vail, MS, CCC-SLP, Autism Consultant and Heather Forbes, MA, CCC-SLP, BCBA There is currently a great deal of debate in the field of speech-language pathology about the kinds of words that should be taught first to nonverbal (or minimally verbal) individuals with communication impairments...


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