Augmentative and Alternative Communication

New Hampshire Assistive Technology Evaluation & Consultation (NH-ATEC) 
57 Regional Drive Suite #7
Concord, NH 03301
Phone:  (603) 226-2900

AT in NH
UNH Institute on Disability
10 West Edge Drive 
Suite 101
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603.862.4320

EdTech Associates
4 Arrow Lane
Amherst, NH 03031
Phone: (603) 424-4534PEC

Strafford Learning Center
317 Main Street 
Somersworth, NH 03878
Phone: (603) 692-4411 
            (services and supports/select assistive technology)

Additional Information about Augmentative and Alternative Communication

  • Center for AAC and Autism, the LAMP approach
  • International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)
  • PECS and the Pyramid Approach
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)
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RESOURCES, Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is defined by the American Speech Language Hearing Association as "an area of clinical practice that compensates (either temporarily or permanently) for the impairment and disability patterns of individuals with severe expressive communication disorders."  AAC incorporates the individual's full communication abilities and may include any existing speech or vocalizations, gestures, manual signs, and aided communication. AAC is truly multimodal, permitting individuals to use every mode possible to communicate. 

Approaches in AAC range from the comparatively low-tech Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) to sophisticated applications for the latest mobile devices.  Professionals in the field come from various disciplines, including Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Educators.  

It is not known what percentage of individual who experience autism use AAC; it is strongly suspected, however, that many more would benefit from AAC if they had access to trained professionals who could assess their needs and support their use of these tools.  Unfortunately, there are a number of common myths about AAC that often dissuade parents and even treatment teams from exploring this option.  

Reviews of published studies have found that AAC in general, and the use of speech-generating devices in particular, have a positive effect on speech production. There were no reports of decreases in speech production (Millar, Light, and Schlosser, 2006), (Schlosser and Wendt, 2008).
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Introduction to 
Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Hosted by Kate Grandbois, MS, CCC-SLP

FREE Webinar for parents and other caregivers interested in learning about the different technologies that can help people with autism and how to request a Technology Assessment.

Sponsored by Autism Speaks
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Unique support for users of FC
NH's Facilitated Communication Skill Builders Group

With the support of Pascal Cheng from the Howard Center in Vermont, individuals who express themselves through Facilitated Communication (FC) get together to learn new skills, make new friends, see old friends, and stay in touch with the latest FC technology to support their expression.

Sponsored by the Institute on Disability, link here.

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