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Using Symbols
Symbols are the “words” kids who are non-verbal use to talk. Using symbols (pictures or text) is a foundational skill of learning to use an augmentative communication system.  

Kids need to learn what symbols mean by having the people around them model using them.  Kids can also learn what symbols mean by having opportunities to use them to talk.  Here are some handouts modeling and giving kids a chance to use symbols to talk.  


Exploring technology
Simple speech generating device are a great way for kids to explore the use of recorded messages to communicate with others.  They range from one to multiple messages on a single device.  Here are some handouts to help generate some ideas about messages that can be recorded onto simple speech generating devices.  


Access
Some kids have difficulty accurately pointing to symbols and/or activating buttons on speech generating devices.  Here are some handouts to help explore alternate ways that kids with difficulty accurately access symbols or a device with their hands.

Communicating with someone who uses AC
Learning to communicate with someone who uses AC can be challenging at times.  Here are some tips for communicating with someone who uses augmentative communication:

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 August 2013 )