What is Light-Tech AAC?
In our previous blog Understanding Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) we discussed the two types of AAC: Aided and Unaided.
There are various options available when it comes to Aided AAC. These options include paper-based resources, communication apps on an iPad and speech-generating devices.
Light-Tech AAC is an aided method of AAC that doesn’t require the use of any electronic equipment or technology.
Types of Light-Tech AAC include communication books, aided language displays and alphabet charts.
What are the Benefits of Light-Tech AAC?
Often seen as a backup for High-Tech AAC, Light-Tech AAC options are so much more than that.
They are another resource for AAC users to choose from when communicating, allowing them to select the form they want to use at that particular time.
Light Tech options are often more cost-effective and can be made more durable by laminating, using waterproof paper or by printing on card. They also don’t require batteries or charging which makes them accessible at all times.
They can also be used in all weather conditions (e.g. they are not affected by the glare from the sun) and in situations where a device would not be suitable (e.g. a swimming pool, at the beach, in the bath).
Another important benefit of Light-Tech AAC is that they place more emphasis on human connection and interaction. The AAC user can request support from a communication partner to enhance their experience by interpreting their selections or noticing any errors in non-verbal communication that may be difficult or lengthy to correct using High-Tech AAC.
What Options Are Available?
There are a variety of Light-Tech AAC options available, including:
- Pen and paper
- Alphabet boards
- Core word boards
- Aided Language Displays
- Communication books
Here are links to some of our favourite free Light-Tech AAC resources:
- Core First Communication Book
- AssistiveWare Core Word Boards
- Smartbox Super Core Boards
- Cough Drop Communication Book
- Liberator Communication Books & Resources