The theme for Speech Pathology Week in 2017 is ‘Communication access: Everyone gets the Message’ and during this week in August, some of Autism SA’s Speech Pathologists took the opportunity to show their colleagues some of the methods of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) they use to support others in understanding and using communication.
The Speech Pathology team explained how they use many different AAC systems including high-tech, aided systems (e.g. ProLoQuo2GO) and low or no-tech systems such as visual ‘chat boards’, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD), as well as unaided systems such as Key Word Sign.
Each of these systems for communication supports ways to understand information and express wants and needs as well as to engage socially in interactions. Supporting individuals to develop a means of communication, promotes basic human rights, provides empowerment and facilitates self-determination.
Did you know?
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2015), almost half of individuals on the autism spectrum in Australia needed help with communication.
Speech Pathology Week aims to promote the Speech Pathology profession and the work done by Speech Pathologists with the more than 1.1 million Australians who have a communication or swallowing disorder that impacts on their daily life.
For more information about our Speech Pathology services, please contact our Infoline: 1300 288 476.
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