Markham Stoufville Hospital Child Development Programs

Resources – Augmentative and Alternative Communication

AAC Related Websites

Boardmaker is a software program that allows you to create Picture Communication Symbols. Most SLPs and schools use this symbol set to create low tech AAC displays.

This website provides a great overview of AAC with young children. Check out their videos, their FAQ section, and get lots of ideas on using appropriate interaction strategies to support communication.

Specific section on how to develop intentional communicationThis website deals with issues related to AAC and young children at various ages and stages of communication ability, and with different strengths, disabilities and learning characteristics. Its purpose is to provide information and guidance to families, teachers, speech/language pathologists and anyone else who is involved with a child with special communication needs.

This website encourages you to have fun while supporting AAC. The site provides resources in five categories: PrAACtical Thinking, Strategy of the Month, Video of the Week, AAC e-Tool Box, and Blog Love.

Low Tech Communication

YouTube video of a young child successfully communicating using a  low tech communication book.

Potty humour

Potty humor between brothers, one who uses high tech communication.

Do you find that your child is communicating mostly through involuntary behaviors that you are interpreting? For ideas on how to help your child learn to send intentional messages, see this link.

YouTube video by OneKidsPlace

Explains and demonstrates Aided Language Stimulation, perhaps the most important strategy that parents can learn and implement to encourage AAC use.