Speech Therapy: Learning to Speak Through Computers

Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a method of providing non-verbal children (such as those with autism or Cerebral Palsy) a way to communicate. By providing children with the right tools, they can functionally communicate with those around them.

This video follows seven year old A.J., who suffers from Cerebral Palsy and is non-verbal. We are introduced to the AAC tools A.J. has been given to help him communicate.

Speech Therapy: Learning to Speak Through Computers
By: Lee Health
Initial Air Date: Jun 22, 2011
Source: YouTube

What We Learned from this Video:

  • Verbal communication is only one part of speech therapy; the entire spectrum of communication falls under speech therapy, including non-verbal methods.
  • AAC can be facilitated through multiple means, everything from simple picture boards to computers and speech generators.
  • AAC can help children with conditions such as autism and Cerebral Palsy effectively communicate non-verbally.

If your child is non-verbal, there are tools and therapies that can help them. Find the right therapy options near you using our Resources page.

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