Communication for most people is simple. We think of what we want to say and begin talking. Our mouth moves and our respiratory system and vocal cords coordinate automatically. We think about what we are going to say not how we are going to say it. Speech is usually something we don’t have to think about. We just do it.
People using augmentative communication are producing messages using means other than speech. They might be using their hand to touch a symbol on a communication board or use a joystick or switch to select a message on a communication device. These are called “selection methods” or “access methods.”
It is important to Choosing the Access method that are easiest to use for an certain High-Tech AAC user.
Types of access methods
Look here for an overview of access methods and use the links below to learn more about different access methods:
- Touch with keyguards
- Eye Gaze or Eye Gaze + Switch
- Partner assisted scanning
- Head mouse