AAC is short for Augmentative and Alternative Communication  Augmentative – something that supplements speech  Alternative – something to use instead of speech  AAC can be devices, strategies or tools which help a person communicate.   AAC is often broken down into two groups:  Unaided (doesn’t require physical aids)   Gesture   Auslan Key Word Sign  Facial expression  Body language.  Aided (physical object required or device)   Symbols  Aided Language Displays  Communication books  Speech Generating Devices (SGD’s)   Keyboards and/or alphabet charts   Who is suitable for AAC?  AAC is suitable for anyone who may
Early language therapy is usually aimed at young children (i.e. infant, toddlers, pre-schoolers) who have difficulty communicating and interacting (e.g. no first words by 12 months of age, unable to verbally answer simple what/where questions at 2 years old). For these children, it is essential that we do not ‘wait and watch’ but we take action to ensure the children receive the extra support they need to make developmental gains.   What it may look like:   The speech pathologist is simply watching or playing with your child;   The speech pathologist spends most of
Children may say some sounds the wrong way as they learn to talk. So yes, it could absolutely be normal that your child is unable to say the ‘th’ sound in word like ‘thing’, three’ and ‘bath’, depending on their age.   Children acquire speech sounds in a particular order with ones like ‘p’, ‘m’ and ‘d’ being earlier developing sounds, whilst others such as ‘r’ and ‘th’ take longer to learn. We generally don’t expect children to
Your first job is your most important job.  It moulds you, it inspires you and it sets the course for your first few years.  Imagine an experience where it all goes horribly wrong……  You’ve just graduated University and accepted a new role.  You’re on cloud 9 and you’re going to change the world.  Everyone you know is so proud of you and has so many questions about your new job.  As the countdown begins to start the
A:By 12 months most children can start to use gestures, say a few words, babble and copy sounds their parents are making. By 18 months, children normally have a repertoire of 6-20 words they can say in context.   However young children do go through each stage of development at their own pace.   Just because your child isn’t talking, doesn’t mean they aren’t communicating.   In young children, communication can be so much more that just talking. It includes eye contact,