What is a communication picture?
People with severe speech or language problems may need AAC to help them communicate. AAC means Augmentative and Alternative Communication. AAC incorporates the individual’s full communication abilities and may include any existing speech or vocalizations, gestures, manual signs, and aided communication. To some people signs are too hard to learn and pictures are the easiest and most simple way to communicate.
Communication pictures is a picture, what presents something simple as possible. There are many styles to draw pictures and the most important thing is to find just the right style for each person who uses pictures. However, no individual should go without communication, and all individuals should have access to AAC systems that promote effective communication.
WHO USES THE COMMUNICATION PICTURES?
By recent estimates, well over 2 million persons who present with significant expressive language impairment use AAC. AAC users encounter difficulty communicating via speech due to congenital and/or acquired disabilities occurring across the lifespan. These conditions include but are not limited to autism, cerebral palsy, dual sensory impairments, genetic syndromes, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, hearing impairment, disease, stroke, and head injury.
Communication pictures are also used by people, who are in interaction with people who can not speak. Parents, nurses, social and health care professionals, rehabilitation professionals (physio- and occupational therapists) etc. In many occasions there is a need for a help to use and choose pictures, if the person can not make it.