The advantages of augmentative and alternative communication

Last Modified: 6/25/2021

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) encompasses the various communication methods used to supplement or replace the speech and writing of individuals with severe communication or neurological disorders. It lends a voice to those unable to speak, providing them with a positive outlet for expressing their wants, needs and decisions while also allowing them more autonomy, positive social interactions and improving their overall quality of life.

For more on this multimodal therapy, we turn to Melissa Beckman, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS, outpatient speech-language pathologist, Parkview Hospital Randallia. Join us as she speaks on the benefits of AAC and takes us on a behind-the-scenes look at an aided AAC system, illustrating the effectiveness of eye gaze technology and how it is helping patients communicate.

How to utilize these services

If you or a loved one need rehabilitation or therapy services and want to know if Parkview Hospital Randallia’s outpatient therapy program is right for you, please contact your primary care provider to determine if you qualify for a referral or call 260-373-3202 for more information.

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