Although many people diagnosed with aphasia make a full or partial recovery, others may continue to struggle for months or even years. These individuals struggle with daily communication and are often susceptible to frequent communication breakdowns from fatigue, comorbidity, and stress.
For speech-language pathologists (SLPs), the job is to assist with daily communication by arming individuals with tools that will help them augment or replace verbal speech. One such option for dealing with communication breakdowns is an augmentative and alternative communication device (AAC).
While some clinicians think of AAC devices as an alternative solution for speech; many devices supplement speech and help individuals build phrases to functionally communicate. Here are three things to consider when choosing a device for a patient: