Augmentative Communication Systems
Some people have difficulty making themselves understood in face-to-face conversation because of speech difficulties. The type of accommodation used depends on why they are difficult to understand.
- A person with a very quiet voice may not be understood over background sounds. A personal speech amplifier can allow greater volume.
- Some people are not able to speak in an understandable way and may use a dedicated augmentative or alternative communication (AAC) device as a means of communication.
- Rather than a dedicated device, some people prefer to add communication capabilities to a device they are already using.
- For those who live in a low-tech environment, communication boards, books, or overlays provide limited communication that does not depend on electricity.
- Some communication devices can be enhanced by add-ons such as preferred voices, or by accessories such as carrying straps.
- None of these devices should be purchased without a careful evaluation or assessment of communication needs.
What type of assistance are you looking for?
- Speech Amplifier (7) - Make a person's speech louder to be understood
- Dedicated AAC Device (122) - Specialized devices to provide person-to-person communication
- Adds Communication to another device (161) - Adds communication features to your existing phone or tablet.
- Communication Board/Book/Overlay Tools (75) - Tools to create low-tech communication aids.
- Add-ons and Accessories (18) - Add-on voices or other features for communication devices.
- Assessment and Evaluation Tools (4) - Tools to assist clinicians in assessing people with communication needs.
- Other (21) - Products in the "Augmentative Communication Systems" category that do not fit into one or more of the categories above