Communicators — AAC

Communication devices, also called Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) devices, are equipment people use to communicate without using verbal speech. In addition to unaided communication, such as facial expressions and gestures, these tools can help people with communication disorders interact with others and improve their language skills.

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  • 2" C-ClampSKU #2033
    Clamp a toy or a device to a table using this clamp.
    $21.95
  • This kit contains 8 black icon holders and comes with Velcro stickers as well as a sticky back magnetic sheet.
    $45.95
  • Ideal for more advanced communicators, this lightweight, durable, portable unit has six levels and room for 192 three-second messages. To view accessories for this item click accessories tab below. 
    $361.95
  • Created for the visually impaired, this state-of-the-art communicator illuminates icons so they are easier to see. Packed with tons of features including four modes of scanning. To view accessories for this item click accessories tab below.
    $399.95
  • Our best-selling progressive communication builder grows along with you. Start with one message and grow to sixteen. To view accessories for this item click accessories tab below. 
    $369.95
  • Actively engage users in their daily schedule. Our bestselling wall communicator is an effective picture and talking scheduler. To view accessories for this item click accessories tab below.
    $169.95$620.95
  • Designed especially for visually impaired users, this sequencing communicator has 300 seconds of recording time and a built-in switch that’s easy to locate due to its large size and the circle of LED lights at its center.
    $198.95
  • Our sequencer communicator allows the user to first hear a series of words and then select one by simply activating its capability switch.
    $299.95
  • Just right for those unable to use a multi-button communicator due to visual or physical impairments, this unique communicator scans through pre-recorded messages at a volume that only the user can hear.
    $179.95
  • Big TalkSKU #4200W
    They can crack a joke, sing a song, or greet a friend with this easy-to-use one message communicator. To view accessories for this item click accessories tab below.
    $127.95$577.95

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Devices

There are three different types of AAC devices: no tech, lite-tech and high-tech. Basic AAC devices involve very simple aided communication. People use basic AAC systems when passing notes or pointing to symbols on a board, for example. Both lite-tech and high-tech AAC devices, on the other hand, produce speech for the user, either by reproducing a recorded message with the press of a button or synthesizing speech on demand.

At Enabling Devices, we provide a variety of lite-tech and high-tech communication devices. Our options provide varying activation methods, recording times and sizes in order to help people with diverse abilities and needs.

Who Benefits From AAC Devices?

Many children and adults with complex communication needs benefit from AAC devices in their daily lives. Some people use a communication device temporarily after an accident or surgery. Others use communication devices all the time to aid in talking to strangers, friends, therapists, coworkers and more.

Whether in a classroom, at home or on the go, an AAC device is a helpful tool to have around. People who can benefit from communication devices include:

  • Those on the autism spectrum
  • People diagnosed with cerebral palsy
  • Individuals recovering from a stroke
  • People with ALS
  • People with Down syndrome
  • People with Aphasia
  • Those who are paralyzed or handicapped
  • Anyone who struggles with speech and communication

With a variety of communicators to choose from, it’s possible to find a device that works for anyone.

How Communication Devices Assist Children and Adults With Complex Communication Needs

Communication devices assist children and adults with a variety of communication needs by facilitating non-verbal communication. Typically, they allow a user, therapist or caregiver to record messages. Then, in order to play them back, the person using the device just needs to press a button or activate a switch.

Both special education teachers and speech language pathologists work with children and adults with speech difficulties to improve their communication skills using progressively more complex communication devices.

With an AAC device, a person with a communication disorder or other disability can convey messages and get peoples’ attention using sound, even if they’re unable to do so using their own voice. Subsequently, communication devices are useful in all sorts of settings, including classrooms, homes and public places.

Many of the devices we offer are programmable and adjustable, so they can meet a variety of needs. They’re suitable for use at home, in speech therapy settings and anywhere a speech generator might be appreciated.

Types of Communication Devices

Enabling Devices offers the largest variety of speech-generating communication devices for people with disabilities. Our AAC devices include simple one and two message communicators, more complex progressive communicators, wearable communication devices, and AAC devices for special needs classrooms.

As you consider what type of communicator might work best for you or someone you know, feel free to refer to this list of our offerings:

  • One-message communicators: These devices play one recorded message at the press of a button. Communicators vary in size and have other features like lights, texture and mounts to make communication accessible and rewarding.
  • Two-message communicators: Like one-message communicators, these devices play recorded messages when activated. They’re perfect for simple communication.
  • Progressive communicators: Progressive speaking devices can grow along with the user. Display multiple icons with messages, and record multiple levels. Great for developing language skills.
  • Wearable communication devices: Wearable communication devices allow people to communicate while on the go. We offer devices that can be worn on the hip, arm, leg or wrist.
  • Devices for classrooms: Communication devices in the classroom can help students learn and get involved. Mountable devices to put around the room can be especially helpful.

How to Select the Right Communication Device

Selecting an adaptive communication device is an opportunity and a challenge. To pick the best device for the individual, there are a few things you should consider.

First, what will the user need the communicator for? Will they be answering yes or no questions? If so, a two-message communicator could work. Communicating in complex public settings? Try a wearable device. Having an idea of how the device will be used can help you choose the right one.

You also need to consider any other disabilities the user might have. People with motor restrictions benefit from communicators with larger switches, and people with a visual impairment might need larger icons or audio cues to select messages. Consulting a speech therapist or AAC expert could help you find devices that meet your needs.

Enabling Devices’ Commitment to Communication Devices

At Enabling Devices, we know that communication enriches lives and makes greater independence possible for many individuals. As a result, we provide a large selection of communication devices for children and adults with complex communication needs.

If you’re hoping to open up new means of communication, try out one of our speaking devices, or contact us for more information today.