Assistive Technology Supports for Early Communication

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices are AT tools that address the communication needs of a child. Infants and toddlers with disabilities use multiple ways to communicate. They are used in combination with other communication strategies such as gestures, baby signs, vocalizations, and speech. As language develops, AT is customized to address the emerging abilities of young children at any stage. The early use of AAC devices has been shown to enhance a child’s language development. This article includes a list of helpful devices designed to support this development.