Therapy Thursday – AAC

  • 1 min

Speech therapists spend their lives saying “model, model, model”.

But what does that mean?

People learn to communicate by watching, copying, and exploring, so modelling Augmentative and Alternative Communication is extremely valuable in encouraging verbal communication in children.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) are the strategies, methods or tools used to communicate with someone who may have verbal communication difficulties.

Babies are exposed to spoken language intensively for 1.5 years before there is any expectation for them to speak. So, how can we expect someone to communicate using AAC if they are not regularly shown how?

Modelling from all parties involved (e.g., parents, teachers) is encouraged and can include:

  • Using physical cues
  • Modelling key words
  • Expanding sentences
  • Modelling correct grammar


For a simple guide on how you can model AAC, please click here.


The use of modelling and aided language stimulation can benefit the individual:

  • By increasing independence
  • Developing the ability to better participate in day-to-day life
  • Fewer communication breakdowns
  • Creating a better connection with family and friends


To see a video of a mother modelling AAC while playing with her son, please click here.

If you or a loved one need speech therapy services, you can check out more information about what we offer at HenderCare by clicking here or by calling our team on 1300 764 433.

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