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What does AAC mean in Autism

Creative work by Heena Sahi

What does AAC mean in Autism

It is not hidden and cannot be denied at all that individuals with Autism having difficulties using spoken language.

Communication and language comprehension would be hard form them even after they have tried language development programs

They are helped by number of approaches and strategies like gesturing , facial epressions, writing , body language

This is where augmentative and alternative communication can help

Augmentative and alternative communication systems pair tasks, actions, objects or concepts with pictures or hand signs. For e.g the world ok , want or eat is paired with a picture or hand sign with these words

It is also believed that using an AAC can slow down the epressive language skills and the child would avoid speaking at all. This is not true at all

An AAC works like a foundation or readiness program for language and oral speaking skills . This is well supported by research

AACs work on two main steps that are required for good social communication

Let see those two steps

Step 1: Augmentative and alternative communication systems are  an effective way for children to learn and use early words. That’s because children remember the speech sounds and the visual image of the object, picture or hand sign that’s paired with the word. This is likely to help autistic children who respond best to information that’s presented visually.

Step 2: Augmentative and alternative communication systems are  improving children’s understanding of words. This is because speech on its own can be very quick, whereas a visual image lasts longer and often stays still, giving children more time to understand the information. Also, people tend to slow down when they’re using visual aids or hand signs.

Thus AACs is purely working in the direction of developing communication and leading the child to be an independent talker

AACs are a blessing to the world of autism and should not be criticized.These are active catalyst in which a child on spectrum can communicate needs , feelings easily and in positive ways .

AACs improves understanding between you and your ward.

AACs are easily available and at access to a non verbal child thus it creates less stress to the child.

Less stress and better communication via AACs is eventually leading to a stronger relationship

Creative Efforts above and Honest opinion by – Heena Sahi

Artwork done by Kabir Vernal,  11 years

Expression is not only done through words or just by mere conversations. Our children can express in other ways as well. One such way is Art. Kabir Vernal an 11 year old from Hyderabad is a budding artist who loves to express his emotions and feelings beautifully through his drawings and paintings.

Artwork specifications

Title (as given by Kabir) : Lily
Medium: Acrylic Painting and String Pull art on 300 GSM Ivory Paper
Size: A4

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