What is Augmentative & Alternative Communication?


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Which of the following is NOT an example of AAC?

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1. AAC may benefit which one of the following?

2. Jenna is a fourth grade student with autism. She has never been able to make verbal requests or communicate her needs through spoken language. As she learns to use a voice output device, her parents notice that she is actually saying intelligible words that seem to make sense in context. Why might this be happening?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Answer the following questions to make sure you understand how augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) works. You will be quizzed on specific examples of AAC as well as who it can benefit.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet set help you measure your knowledge of:

  • Examples of AAC
  • Who can benefit from AAC
  • Communication boards

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as what can be gained by using AAC
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of AAC to explain why someone with autism who has never communicated might react favorably to a voice output device
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding who is likely to benefit from the use of AAC

Additional Learning

To get a more in-depth look at this form of therapy, read the lesson titled What is Augmentative & Alternative Communication? You will learn about:

  • Physical forms of AAC
  • How AAC can help someone develop more traditional language skills
  • Different interfaces that can be used for a voice output device