1. Is my family member/client too old or too young to benefit from AAC?
People of ALL AGES and ABILITIES can benefit from some form of AAC. There are no age limits or ranges for an AAC evaluation. Young children can begin using AAC to include gestures, sign language, picture
communication systems, and speech generating devices as soon as they would be expected to be
Adults born with disabilities affecting their speech (e.g., autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, etc.) who
have never used AAC or who have tried AAC in the past but were not successful can benefit from an
Adults who have suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury causing them to lose speech or make speech
difficult to understand can benefit from AAC.
*It is never too late and it is never too early to consider AAC*
2. Will AAC prevent my child from talking?
Study after study has demonstrated that AAC (e.g., sign language, picture communication systems,
speech generating devices, etc.) does not prevent a person from developing speech if he/she is capable of
Listed below are links to studies discussing the affects of AAC on speech production in people with autism
and other developmental disabilities.
Schlosser and Wendt (2008) Effects of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Intervention on
Speech Production in Children with Autism: A Systematic Review.
Millar, Light and Schlosser (2006). The Impact of AAC Intervention on the Speech Production of
Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: A Research Review.