This article summarizes the need for alternate forms of communication for those who are unable to use verbal speech. The importance of allied health professionals in understanding alternative communication is critical in patient care. The authors describe the various forms of augmentative and alternate communication devices that can be used to help a non-verbal individual communicate their wants, needs, and thoughts. Financial and social consequences for using these devices is discussed.
Dressler R, Bland L, Baumgartner M. The Benefits of Alternative and Augmentative Communication: A Quality of Life Issue. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2016 Oct 25;14(4), Article 6.