We believe everyone has a right to a voice and to develop their communication in a way that enables best progress to be made. Personalised communication may need these connections to be made alongside assisted technology.
What is AAC?
The term AAC is used to describe the different methods that can be used to help our pupils communicate with others. These methods can be used as an alternative to speech or to supplement it.
What do we use?
We use a “Total Communication” approach at Fairfield. This is about finding, and using, the right combination of communication methods for each person. Children are encouraged to use vocalisations, speech, gestures, facial expression, body language and other forms of natural communication. It is also recognised that for children to develop their understanding and expressive skills, it is necessary to use more structured systems. Developing a communication system can be a long and complex process with lots of training and practice needed for all those involved. We use lots of different systems at Fairfield School
Low-Tech Communication Systems – some of our pupils have communication books. These are paper based books which have symbols in for the pupil to use in making choices and communicating their needs. We also use single message devices, for example BIGmack, which are simple speech communication aid that can be used to record sounds, or messages, for the pupil too press to hear.
High-Tech Communication Systems - alongside a low-tech communication system, some pupils have a high-tech communication aid for example a Grid Pad with the Grid 3 communication software. These are sophisticate devices that have dynamic page sets that can be personalised for each individual pupil. However our pupils communicate, all systems are highly valued, respected and everyone has a voice and something to contribute.