Everyone communicates differently. One of the most fascinating theories about the way we communicate suggests that only 7% of communication is verbal. 55% is body language, and 38% is based on the tone of the voice we use. It’s clear then that the art of communication isn’t quite as simple as it seems in society.
This can lead to issues when people communicate in ways that society wouldn’t expect or have difficulties communicating in what is considered to be an atypical way.
There are over 7.5 million people in the US alone who have difficulty with speech. This includes individuals diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Rett Syndrome, ALS, and Spinal Cord Injuries. People with this type of diagnosis may struggle with communicating through body language as well, but now technology is bridging the gap and helping improve everyday interactions for individuals with speech and mobility impairments.
Today, AAC usually refers to devices like tablets and touch screens that often include a voice output system. They can be hugely varied and provide a tremendous range of benefits. Individuals who use these devices find that they can communicate more effectively and without assistance from carers, family members or professionals.
Instead, it allows them to interact on their own terms and engage with more people in different settings and environments. For children, AAC devices even help ensure that learning can be more interactive.
Make your voice heard wherever, and whenever
It can’t be overemphasized how useful these devices are for general daily activities. Everyone needs unimpeded communication 24/7, and with these devices, that’s made possible. People should always have a voice within reach. Using AAC, individuals with conditions that impact their speech or ability to communicate socially can converse without assistance. They can take more control over their lives and regain confidence that may have been lost due to a diagnosis.