That does not mean a Step by Step, not a Big Mac, not a Choice Board, not a communication board with 8 messages on it. While important tools they alone do not meet the needs of nonspeaking students. A system that addresses literacy skills, social skills and linguistic skills and teaches students an organized language system should be the protocol for any nonspeaking student. This very notion become the driving force behind to teach communication to novice instructors. A light tech communication book, called "The Communication Book" was used by all of the students regardless of what perceived cognitive ability was or symbolic understanding. Scripting and instructional lessons centered around the communication book were a large part of this program.
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(ASHA Position Statement on AAC)
United States Society for Augmentative Alternative Communication USSAAC http://www.ussaac.org/