Autism Parenting Magazine Issue 74 (Member's Dashboard) - Page 25

COMMUNICATION Expert Tips for Getting the Most Out Of an AAC Device By Rebecca EISENBERG, MS, CCC-SLP I n my recent article published in Autism Parenting Magazine, Issue 67, I focused on the augmenta- tive and alternative communication (AAC) evalu- ation process and on answering commonly asked questions. Many people have a misconception that once you re- ceive an AAC communication device, this is the end of your journey. This is just the beginning! Receiv- ing an appropriate communication system for your child is a very important part of the process, but it is not enough to get your child started on becoming a functional communicator. In this article, I want to discuss the necessary steps that parents should take upon receiving an AAC de- vice for their child. 1. Request school training from a speech-language pathologist (SLP) that specializes in AAC One of my main responsibilities is training the AAC user’s school staff and working individu- ally with the AAC user. Many people wonder, “Why can’t the child’s speech-language pa- thologist train all the staff?” This can be the Autism Parenting Magazine | Issue 74 | 25