Video of the Week: AACtual Therapy Using Pre-stored Messages
In the past few years, we’ve written a lot about the value of AAC systems that are rich in single core vocabulary words. Our position has always been, however, that many users of AAC will also benefit from fringe vocabulary words and selected prestored messages. You can read more about that here.
To be sure, pre-stored messages, including phrases, sentences, and full questions, have their drawbacks. The main downside relates to the lack of flexibility they offer. Once programmed into a device, the communicator has to use them just the way they are. If he/she wants to say a variation of that message, they are out of luck. In the context of a robust system, however, this isn’t as problematic as it sounds. Individuals who have been provided with robust AAC systems can go to their single word vocabulary to be more precise if the pre-stored message doesn’t capture exactly what they want to say.
Because they are faster and easier to use than assembling sentences word by word, pre-stored messages can make interaction more enjoyable for some AAC learners. In this week’s featured video, SLP Vicki Clarke, author of our AAC Assessment Corner series, lets us peek into a therapy session with a man who uses prestored messages for some of his communication needs. Take a look.
Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgxhBSSDd_s
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This post was written by Carole Zangari