Monday, November 28, 2011

Low Technology Tool Kit

This article was written for student's but it is IMPORTANT information for people with ALS.  Even if you have the most expensive Augmentative/Alternative Communication device available, they are electronic and can break.  Your PALS needs to be prepared what to do if they do not have access to electronic devices.  Or perhaps they are not interested in using an electronic device.  The info and links below can assist people with ALS in learning a low technology, easy way to communicate.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Low-Tech Toolkit (2009)
The AAC Low-Tech Toolkit was developed by SET-BC to support teachers and speech-language pathologists. Choosing and developing an augmentative and alternative communication system may seem like a daunting task. However, by starting slowly and exploring the student’s communication needs and skills you will begin to find your way to the best AAC solution. Students who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) should have a "non-technical" or "low-technical" system. These systems are the foundation for exploring voice-output technology. A symbol assessment is often a precursor to developing non-technical AAC. This will help you determine:
  • Type of symbol the student can recognize
  • Number of selections that can be presented at one time
  • Size of selection the student can accurately target
You will also need to think about what vocabulary you will choose, where the communication system will be used and the ways in which the system can be incorporated into the student's day.
Remember that a non-technical AAC system typically continues to be an important form of communication for students after a technical system is available.
The AAC toolkit is provided to help teams explore non-technical AAC options. We hope it gives you ideas for getting students started with AAC!


These short clips contain information specific to the (AAC) Low-Tech Toolkit. The segments contain audio and/or video and can be viewed by clicking the presentation title. (Note: Viewing video requires an up-to-date Flash player).

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