Strategy

Communication Board

A Communication Board is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication System (AAC) in which students communicate using pointing or controlled eye gaze to select pictures, words or symbols that are displayed on a physical surface or digital screen. A low-tech, or Static Display Communication Board (SDCB), is made of plexi-glass or a board with a hole cut out in the center to allow the communication partners to see one another. SDCBs include pictures to communicate wants and needs (e.g., food, bathroom) or letters to allow users to spell out messages. High-tech, or Dynamic Display Communication Boards (DDCB), are electronic devices that display letters, symbols and picture icons on a screen which the user accesses in order to communicate a message. Whereas symbols or images on a Static Display Communication Boards are fixed, Dynamic Display Communication Boards store multiple pages of displays that can be organized and personalized for the individual user and generate speech. Communication Boards empower students to overcome barriers related to traditional communication and effectively communicate their wants, needs and ideas.

Implementation Tips

Partnering with a Speech Language Pathologist
Employ a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) to administer an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) evaluation. A SLP can assess a student's abilities (e.g., cognitive and motor skills), determine if a Communication Board is appropriate, and match the individual student to a specific device.

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