AAC Information for Caregivers
Are you a caregiver of an individual who currently uses an AAC device or someone who could possibly benefit from AAC? Whether you are caring for an adult or a child with communication challenges, PRC is here to help you and your loved one or client find the best communication solution.
Who Benefits from AAC?
Anyone who is unable to use natural speech to communicate may benefit from AAC, whether the condition is temporary or permanent. In addition to the expression of needs and wants, AAC can empower an individual to actively engage in social and family activities and voice their opinion on legal and medical matters. Caregivers and family members also benefit because the individual using AAC can interact more successfully.
Individuals who need AAC have a wide range of disabilities and abilities. Our devices are designed to meet individual communication challenges, even if the individual is unable to read or cannot use his hands to select keys. Learn more about devices and accessories for both children and adults.
Let’s Talk Funding
There are several funding sources that may pay for communication devices. The PRC Funding Department can help navigate the process. Learn more about the PRC Funding Department.
Learning, Training and Support Resources
There is a wide variety of beginning and advanced support available including written materials, online support documents, and local, regional, and e-training. Learn more about training and support for each PRC device. Visit the AAC Language Lab for teaching materials and resources organized by developmental language stages.
In order to select a device that is appropriate for each individual’s abilities and needs, it is helpful for the caregiver and family to work with AAC professionals. Minimally, the team should include a speech-language pathologist or AAC specialist. It is sometimes useful to include others, such as a physical or occupational therapist. Your PRC consultant can help you begin this process and determine what will be most appropriate and helpful.