Tele-Collaboration in Speech and Hearing Sciences: Augmentative and Alternative Communication

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*AAC Equipment Features
The key to success with AAC devices and low tech strategies is a thorough understanding of AAC "features".

Browse through the information here and learn how the features of a device or strategy can make it uniquely suited to an individual's needs.

Selection Set Features
Here we cover the various selection sets (e.g. symbol or letter displays) and how they can make a communication method uniquely suited to a given individual.

Output Features
This section will cover output options (e.g. voice output, visual displays) and how some options are essential for a given individual's communication needs.

Vocabulary Features
The size and type of vocabulary vary tremendously among devices. These features are often crucial in determining whether a method is appropriate for a given individual.

Access Features
The way in which a device or strategy can be accessed (e.g. keyboards versus single switch access) greatly affects AAC decision-making.

Physical Features
The size and portability are just some of the characteristics of devices and strategies that can make them appropriate or inappropriate for an individual AAC user.

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