Scaffolding Conversations Using Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
PhD Student, Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University
Non speech methods of communication, such as the use of gesture and signing along with pointing or indicating icons on a screen or display is known collectively as Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). This paper is not research driven but does explore the critical role of the speaking communication partner in enabling and empowering the user of AAC to have a voice in social interactions. Transcription analysis is used to examine what communication partners do in three recorded interviews with people who have difficulty with spoken language. It is proposed that there would be more efficient and inclusive discourses if more communication partners through in-service and pre-service training, were comfortable with scaffolding techniques.