What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication?

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is any means of expression that supplements or is used in the place of verbal communication. AAC modalities come in a variety of forms including but not limited to lite-tech, paper-based picture systems, as well as high-tech voice output devices. As an individual’s ability to produce speech continues to grow, the use of AAC can support one’s development of language, the content used to functionally communicate. Dedicated AAC, devices that are used solely for communication, may be considered durable medical equipment (DME) and may be covered by one’s medical insurance.