T&L 2900: VIR: Turn Your iPad into an Augmentative Communication Device
Technology has developed into playing a huge role in assisting individuals with communication needs allowing for tremendous advancements and growth of those individuals that without AAC technology would not otherwise be able to communicate their thoughts, ideas, feelings, wants and needs. AAC Augmentative and Alternative Communication is the term that encompasses the tools and methodology used to support or replace communication for individuals that have speech or communication impairments.
With the invention of the iPad and Augmentative Communication apps, the ability to connect those who have communication problems is now more available and more affordable. Before the iPad some of the traditional devices could range from $3,000-$15,000 but now using the iPad and cost effective apps means that individuals have greater access at home and also at school. This puts communication more readily in the hands of a child who needs it which helps to bridge the gaps that previously hindered their learning. Some of the apps can also be used to create visual schedules, social stories etc. so it is important to consider what you student needs when choosing an AAC application.
This course demonstrates the most important accessibility options available on the iPad and some of the AAC applications available and how they can make a significant difference in the classroom for learners who need social and communication support due to speech or communication impairments.
DLT_Turn Your iPad into an Augmentative Communication Device (PDF Document)