AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. This is the term used to describe methods of communication that can support people to communicate. It may include unaided systems such as giving consistent responses or signing, or aided techniques that use objects or symbols to represent things (such as PECS), right through to sophisticated computer technologies.

We work closely with speech and language therapists (SaLT) and occupational therapists to ensure we are enabling children to communicate effectively, through the most appropriate high and low tech systems. These systems are highly personalised and reflect children’s communicative strengths and needs, aiming to develop and expand their communication skills.

When we use technology-based systems, we always aim for children to have a low-tech system that runs alongside it. Developing children’s skills with low-tech systems is often the most appropriate starting point, before looking at technology-based solutions. Class teams meet regularly with a member of the SaLT team to discuss the communication priorities for children in their class. We have an AAC flow chart to identify children who are in need of specialist AAC provision, and run termly AAC Clinics to assess and explore identified children’s AAC needs.