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Hannah’s Blog – Augmentative and alternative communication – Why it should be highlighted more

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Hi everyone! Today I am going to talk about a topic that may or may not be familiar to some of you, but if you haven’t come across the term I am going to be focusing on today, please do not feel ashamed or guilty as it is in no way unusual or out of the ordinary to feel confused after reading the title. Trust me, it is normal to question the definition of the above headline – especially if you are not an expert in the medical field.

Thankfully, my verbal communication continued to improve as time went on, to the extent that I have no difficulties expressing my thoughts, feelings and ideas due to the high standard of my verbal communication ability. However, as a young adult living with cerebral palsy, a condition for which symptoms can vary from person to person, I feel it is important for us as human beings not to forget those who use different methods of communication in order to get their opinions heard.

People who use non-verbal forms of communication are so very capable of sharing their ideas with the world. These people have achieved and accomplished so much in life, just like you and me. Due to the high functioning brains of people who are non-verbal, their ability to showcase their many amazing talents is outstanding, many thanks to the advancements in assistive technology. People who are non-verbal can have wonderful, upbeat, and witty conversations, just like you and me. Verbal communication is not a necessity and is not a “must-have” ingredient in order to live a full life. There is a well-known saying which states “a picture tells a thousand words” and this quote couldn’t be more true when it comes to non-verbal communication.

Thank you!

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