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The Eckelmann-Taylor Speech and Hearing Clinic at ISU is highly qualified to provide evaluation and services to individuals across the lifespan with augmentative and alternative communication needs.

Why do people use AAC?

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a communication method that enhances a person’s verbal output abilities. AAC provides a boost to spoken and written language if or when traditional communication presents as a challenge. Children and adults who utilize AAC do so as a way to help them communicate more effectively to the world.

Who can benefit from AAC?

Possible AAC users may include but are not limited to: persons with severe communication disorders, persons with cerebral palsy, children and adults with developmental disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, cancer and stroke survivors, or individuals with degenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

What are different forms of AAC?

Many different forms of AAC, ranging from unaided to aided systems, can be used for communication. Unaided communication systems include sign language, facial expression, gestures, and any other alternative mode of communication that involves only a person’s body. Conversely, aided communication systems are basic or high-tech devices and tools that help someone to communicate. Aided communication systems can be as simple as a pen and paper, or as complex as a speech-generating device that one looks at, points to, or touches.

Assessment and treatment

Assessment and treatment services offered to individuals who use AAC are highly tailored to fit personal goals. Device selection, proper navigation of the device, vocabulary building, and functional communication outcomes are a few examples of the services that speech-language pathologists are qualified to provide.

Comprehensive assessment and treatment are offered at the Eckelmann-Taylor Speech and Hearing Clinic to assist AAC users of every age and ability level to reach the ultimate goal, communication. Speech-language pathologists with skilled knowledge and experience in the area of AAC work with graduate student clinicians to provide the most effective interventions. Both individual and group sessions are offered to provide children and adults using AAC with the most advantageous treatment possible.

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