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#3 Communication and AAC

Individuals who use an AAC device as their means of communication may need more time to respond, change their thought, rephase, or clarify their communication. When communicating with an individual who uses an AAC device, it is important to learn the benefits of stopping, waiting, and giving these individuals time to be understood. Considering that a communication using an AAC device can be slower than speech orally. In addition, an AAC user might shorten their thoughts into a word or two. Also, if the communication partner jumps in and makes an assumption instead of waiting for clarification, then miscommunication can happen. Not all interactions require an open time frame; some can be quick and transactional. Asking yes/no questions, tracking their gaze, watching for nonverbal signs, and seeking clarification can help the AAC-user to communicate more effectively and efficiently.


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