Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) encompasses the communication methods used to supplement or replace speech or writing for those with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language.

This can include both unaided communication methods (those that do not require an external tool), and aided communication (those methods that do require an additional tool). The following are examples of aided and unaided AAC methods:

Unaided AAC:
-sign languages 
-facial expressions

Aided AAC:
-laminated communication board 
-Picture Exchange System
-speech generating device

Accessibility Options for Continuity of Learning AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION (AAC) 

Low Tech Manual Boards – Print these paper copies of AAC vocabularies to provide access to communication/ student response options.

• GoTalk:

Low Tech Eye Gaze Boards: For students who cannot access a static, paper communication board with their hands. Link to a few pre-made eye gaze boards, and how to make others from Lesson Pix :

Modeling/Aided Language Stimulation: These resources are meant to help communication partners (you and everyone else) model language when using the AAC system.

What is modelingClick here for a short video on modeling AAC:

Quick and Easy Words to model around the houseThe second page of this document targets Core words you can model in the home environment:

AAC & Literacy: Resources to help you utilize and model AAC while reading with your student.

• How to read & model on an AAC device:

Amanda Soper MS CCC-SLP, from St. Coletta School, Washington DC demonstrates how to read a story and use AAC :

▪ If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” with LAMP/Words for Life.