AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. It is an umbrella term for communication methods that are used to supplement, and/or replace speech or writing. There are many different methods available and we have tried a few. Over the last nine years, we have tried Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) cards, communication boards, Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) book, and now we are moving toward higher technology options.
When I was first introduced to AAC, I thought of it as a form of speech therapy but throughout our journey I have come to see it as a second language. The biggest hurdle with implementing AAC in our household was actually for my husband and I to learn it. It takes time and energy to learn a second language; but I found that when I mixed it in with the other therapy stuff, it was just one more thing to do.
It wasn’t until A-man came along that we really started rocking low tech AAC. A-man picked up on AAC easily and he became Lilly’s biggest ally as her voice. He is obsessed with her being able to communicate and always makes sure her “voice” is near by. When we do homeschooling he uses the assisted writing tools along side Lilly.
Today I want to share with you the tools that helped me to learn this second language. A while ago, I found an amazing Youtube/Facebook Page called We Speak PODD. These videos model how to use PODD books and how the creators of the page use it in a homeschool setting. I have spent hours watching videos and learning how to speak PODD myself.
On Instagram, I follow Mrsspeechiep and she introduced me to a concept that blew my mind; A parent flip book! The reason I love this concept is because copies can be made to leave at grandparents, and aunts & uncles homes and/or daycare. The parent flip book explains SMORES for modelling success. This book PDF is made by Vlinder Communication Therapies and the website is an amazing resource for parents.
I also follow speech pathologists on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. They share amazing posts to learn from. This is the main way I become educated. This month I have learned so much just from their post on AAC!