Research across the board shows the benefits of early intervention. It is never too early to start speech therapy, especially with some populations where we know there is a high likelihood of a communication disorder being diagnosed. Plus, it's never too early to start AAC, either For some children, we know there is a high likelihood that verbal speech will not be the best method of communication, so the earlier we start on all things communication, the better!
However, using AAC devices does not mean that we only use AAC. We can still try to improve verbal speech while also giving the child a way to consistently and successfully communicate with those around them. This is true for the toddlers, too!
- -There are many communication skills infants develop, such as eye gaze, joint attention, etc., that can be addressed.
- -AAC is not just about devices! There are many other types of AAC that can be used early on (pictures, signs, etc.) to help teach infants to communicate. Visit ExploreAAC.com to learn more about these multiple methods of AAC!