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Communicators Frequently Asked Questions

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. We offer a wide range of AAC devices to fit the unique needs of our users. From communication devices for those with cerebral palsy to communication devices for those with speech impairments, we can meet diverse needs with specialized equipment. By empowering individuals with disabilities to communicate with caregivers and peers and share their thoughts and feelings, our devices can help reduce frustration and anxiety.

How Do 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. These products can facilitate communication on multiple levels, helping caregivers and individuals with speech impairments share their feelings and preferences. By providing a new platform for communication, AAC devices empower everyone involved.

What are the 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 Do I 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.

1. Determine the Device Applications

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.

Give thought to the product’s day-to-day applications and key objectives, and determine what is most important in the device you choose. As you make the decision, keep in mind any unique needs the user may have that could affect their ability to use the device. Having an idea of how the device will be used can help you choose the right one.

2. Consider User-Specific Requirements

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. Knowing the user’s strengths and weaknesses can help you identify the device that will work best for them. It’s critical to evaluate the person’s needs holistically to find the right solutions.

3. Talk With a Specialist

Consulting a speech therapist or AAC expert could help you find devices that meet your needs. If you’re trying to decide what option is the best fit, it’s a good idea to reach out to someone who can offer some additional insight. Speak with a specialist who can point you in the right direction for AAC buttons and devices that will accommodate special needs requirements optimally.

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.