There is a negative assumption against people who are non-verbal that they are unintelligent or mentally deficient. However, once the right tools are in their hands you may be surprised they have a lot to say. One young girl in Georgia has shown great progress once she was trained on an AAC device. WMAZ reports.
An Augmented and Alternative Communication device is a tool that helps non-verbal people speak when they are unable to use sign language. The six-year-old girl began training with the device and has now reached a point where she can talk quite well using her eyes.
The tool, which looks like a tablet mounted to her wheelchair, lets her use her eyes to scroll and select words and phrases. She has been using the tool for two years with a lot of help from her family.
Her speech pathologist says that this is really important. Only three children in her 23 years of practice have become proficient with the use of this kind of device. Thanks to it, she is able to attend regular education classes.
While cerebral palsy may also come with cognitive deficits depending on the injury that caused it, it is a disorder that only affects the physical body. Tools like an AAC can help someone with cerebral palsy get around their physical issues and express themselves.