augmentative and alternative communication

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aug·men·ta·tive and al·ter·na·tive com·mun·i·ca·tion

(AAC) (awg-men'tă-tiv awl-tĕr'nă-tiv kă-myūn'i-kā'shŭn)
1. Any type of compensation for impaired use of verbal language, including techniques such as gesture systems and devices such as voice amplifiers, picture boards, and computerized instrumentation;
See also: communication board
2. The clinical practice of determining appropriate compensatory techniques for inadequate verbal communication and providing training in the use of those techniques.
Synonym(s): nonoral communication, nonverbal communication.
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According to Hetzroni (2003), the use of augmentative and alternative communication for students with significant intellectual disabilities helps to reduce problem behaviors such as biting, hitting, and having tantrums while increasing functional communication behaviors.
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Twenty-five clinicians, scholars, activists, and individuals who themselves use augmentative and alternative communication AAC, from the US, Canada, UK, and Norway, contribute 11 chapters examining diverse aspects of living as an adolescent/young adult with multiple disabilities and complex communication needs.
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A survey conducted in 1993 of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) professionals from North America, the United Kingdom, Japan, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Australia suggested that only 14% of the 5,333 AAC users known to these professionals were employed in some way (Blackstone, 1993).
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