Communication is a very personal interaction – being able to express your thoughts and feelings in the words you want can be both empowering and liberating. Therefore, programming an AAC for communication on a device with the words that the user would want to say is important to help them feel heard.
When programming an AAC device, consider the following:
- Choose a voice that fits with the user – gender, age, accent and language
- What are topics that the user would want to talk about?
- Consider their daily activities, interests, and the people in their lives
- What are messages that they need to say
By allowing the user to express themselves in a personalized manner, they will be able to share more of their personality and be able to reduce frustration levels.