“Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is an umbrella term that encompasses the communication methods used to supplement or replace speech or writing for those with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language.” AAC – Wikipedia
The International Communication Project
The International Communication Project (ICP) was established in 2014 by a group of national, member-based organisations that share a common goal of raising the profile of communication disabilities and the professionals who can help.
The ICP is an advocate for those with communication disabilities, as well as their families, caregivers and communication professionals. The project highlights the importance of human communication and how communication disabilities significantly impact every aspect of life.
Over the past decade several of these specialists have shared data and information, provided workshops around the world, and collated excellent research-based resources for both parents and educators. Read more here.
Angelman Syndrome and AAC
Read the article, ‘Join the Angelman Revolution!’
In summary, people who have Angelman Syndrome are increasingly learning how to use AAC to communicate successfully.
Comprehension is much greater than output so high expectations for learning need to be maintained.
Abilities and methods vary widely, so always presume competence.
They need a multi-modal communication system that incorporates AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)
Augmenting communication involves both speech and writing, and also technology related to teaching and learning.
Frustration with communication is often the reason for negative behaviour such as pulling hair, hitting, biting. This behaviour can be an indication of some deeper underlying issue such as pain or anxiety, that they are unable to express.
The Angelman Academy – presuming potential
The recently established Angelman Academy (2018) will become an international resource for professionals and families around the world. The AA aims to revolutionize the educational experience of individuals with Angelman Syndrome and help each individual reach their full potential. Read more here.