Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices

HMS’s goal is to identify a way for every child to communicate through voice output. With dozens of communication devices available, from the most basic to sophisticated high-tech, the device may “speak” a single recorded message when the child hits a switch or a range of messages selected from scanned, multilayered menus.

HMS maintains an inventory of state-of-the-art AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) equipment, mounting systems, switch and switch-mounting equipment, computer interface equipment and software, all available for student evaluation, trials and training, both at school and at home. Our therapists are knowledgeable about available equipment and stay current on the latest device models. We also keep a supply of devices for use by students if their primary device needs repair. Following are many of the devices used by students at HMS.

Dynamic Display devices use LCD display screens that change as selections are made and range from basic recorded voice devices to the most sophisticated computer-based systems.

Eye Gaze devices use the latest in eye gaze technology to allow students to make selections by simply looking at their choices.

Static Display and Single Location devices can store a single message or an array of messages recorded into a set number of locations. These devices can be expanded by programming different levels with different vocabulary and having a caretaker switch between the levels.