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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Does AAC impede speech development?
A. Research indicates that the use of augmentative and alternative communication does not impede speech development. In fact, some researchers have found that the use of AAC actually improves an individual’s speech development. For more information, click on the following link: then scroll down to the heading: How should I approach parents about AAC when they are only interested in having their child learn to speak? Many parents seem concerned that AAC will interfere with speech. Additional empirically-based information about AAC and its effects on speech development can be found at the AAC Connecting Young Kids website by clicking on


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