Who uses AAC?

AAC is used by people who have difficulty producing oral speech due to severe speech or language deficits. AAC can help people augment or supplement their communication, or serve as an alternative to their communication. Those who utilize AAC may use it temporarily or long-term, depending on individual circumstances.

Examples of individuals who use AAC include those with:

  • developmental delays
  • apraxia & dyspraxia
  • cerebral palsy
  • autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)
  • cognitive impairments
  • physical disabilities
  • traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • stroke
  • cancer
  • degenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS], muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis [MS])

This list includes many common causes for using AAC, however it is not all-inclusive; there can be many reasons to use AAC. The important thing to remember is if you or someone you know is having difficulty communicating for whatever reason, AAC may likely be beneficial. (For more information on being evaluated for AAC please refer to the “Assessment” and “Treatment” tabs.)

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