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Augmentative & Alternative Communication Therapy
Augmentative & Alternative Communication with eLuma
eLuma offers unparalleled online speech therapy solutions for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). We know that the key to helping these students is to first see and then unlock their incredible potential, but it all starts with their ability to communicate. Our speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can provide all of the same required services live and online, through a fully-secure, HIPAA-compliant platform, as they can in person — and can do so with a high degree of effectiveness, efficiency and flexibility. We love working with these kids and find great satisfaction in seeing them progress and succeed thanks to alternative communication and augmentative therapy.
What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)?
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) refers to systems or devices that are used to supplement or replace verbal speech. AAC systems allow students with significant impairments in speech and/or language abilities to communicate effectively. Augmentative communication supports existing speech, while alternative communication methods replace speech that is non-functional or absent.
There are a variety of AAC systems available that are either aided or unaided, and vary in their level of technology.
Examples of aided systems include:
Low-tech: Pencil and paper, picture boards
High-tech: Computer-based programs, speech-generating devices
Unaided AAC systems require no external devices.
Examples of unaided systems include:
Use of facial expressions, body language, and gestures
Treating Augmentative & Alternative Communication
For more information on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), check out the following resources available from the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association:
Want to Learn More About Online Speech Therapy?
Free Online Speech Therapy Consultation
If you’re like a lot of folks, you might still be a bit unfamiliar with online speech therapy (aka teletherapy, telepractice, telehealth, etc.) and all of its many benefits. We invite you to check out our Why Online Therapy page to learn more about how effective, affordable and popular it really is.
If you want to learn more about how eLuma can specifically help YOUR program, we provide a free needs analysis to help you identify how you can improve your ability to deliver a broader range of high-quality online therapy services while simultaneously reducing your costs by several thousand (or more).
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