AAC: Low Tech Communication Supports

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Tanya Keller

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2 minutes

The Power of Low Tech Communication Supports

When people think of AAC, their minds often jump immediately to high tech speech generating devices.  Low tech communication baords are equally as important. Here are some reasons:
  • Some children do well with low tech, and use these boards to supplement verbal speech.
  • When children are just starting out on their AAC journey, it is great to introduce low tech boards for the family to implement, and so children can learn a system while going through the process for a speech generating device
  • Speech generating devices are not enough alone.  Low tech back-ups are essential if a device is not charged, if the device cannot be used outside due to glare, if the child is around water.
  • Communication partners can also use low tech boards to model, as the child uses their high tech systems.


There are many paper based communication boards accessible on the web.  Here is a list of resources for robust, paper based communication boards: