Augmentative and alternative communication for children with speech, language and communication needs

Tom Griffiths, Michael Clarke, Katie Price

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Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is the collective term for a broad range of techniques, strategies and devices which can support children with communication difficulties who may have little or no intelligible speech. This may include manual signs or systems of symbols, words or letters that can be used to construct messages and convey meaning. This review discusses the ways in which AAC systems are categorized and outlines some key principles of assessment and intervention, using the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health for Children and Young People as a proposed framework to guide decision-making. The review is aimed at healthcare professionals working with children that may benefit from AAC. It highlights that children who may make use of AAC are a heterogeneous group and it is considered best practice for interventions to be highly individualized, taking into account the motor, sensory, learning and communication needs of each child, as well as their environment, personal preferences and support structures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)277-281
Number of pages5
JournalPaediatrics and Child Health
Issue number8
Early online date15 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2022


  • AAC
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Communication aids
  • Communication disorders
  • Disability
  • Children
  • ICF-CY
  • Assistive Technology
  • Paediatrics


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