School Article 38 - Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Communication!

When supporting students who use AAC in the classroom, it is sometimes tempting to use the device primarily as a curriculum supports tool. Students who use AAC are often asked simply to respond to questions and often spend time passively observing classroom activities. While answering questions is an important skill as it demonstrates that knowledge is being gained, this type of interaction does not always encourage language and literacy growth. This type of interaction also encourages passive communication and participation. While the AAC system is absolutely necessary for students with severe communication, keep in mind that the primary purpose of the AAC system is to support interactive communication, participation and learning in all environments.

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