Alternative Augmentative Communication

A short guide for parents, carers and visitors prepared by the

Communication Leader & Speech Therapy Team


Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC)

The term AAC is used to describe the different methods that can be used to help people with disabilities communicate with others. As the term suggests these methods can be used as an alternative to speech or to supplement it.

At Foreland Fields School we aim to provide a Total Communication Environment for all of our pupils where all forms of communication should be accepted and used interchangeably e.g. Makaton signing alongside a Communication Book alongside Speech etc.

All classroom environments should be set up for all forms of communication. Needs-led base classes may also have additional systems set up for the whole class to support and value their specific communication needs.

Pupils and students' EHCP/SSENs detail what individuals require both as standard and ‘above & beyond’ to ensure that their communication needs are met across all aspects of school life.

PECS Picture

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

Used to teach initiation and continue to build on discrimination of motivating objects/photos/symbols

Big Mac

Switches - e.g. Big Mac/Little Mac Step-by-step 

Communication Books

Communication Books    

Enables individuals to access a wider range of vocabulary and allow for a wider range of communicative reasons e.g. questioning

Communication Books Charts

Communication Boards/Charts   

Tech Talk

SuperTalker/ TECHTalk 8  



We have a bank of Ipads in school for use with groups or individuals that can be booked out for specific sessions. 

Next Steps for pupils...


Please discuss any questions regarding specific pupils working at these levels with the class teacher and/or Speech & Language team.
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