The AAC tools within the AAC FlipKit are a specially curated collection of supports that align with  specific user levels (a framework borrowed from Marilyn Buzolich, Ph.D, CCC-SLP).

 

These user levels are designed to help teams determine the level of technology a student may need and/or require at any given point in time.​ The levels help guide the team in understanding where the student is headed in order to prepare students to successfully move towards more complex systems.

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  • Chronologically or developmentally young children who have limited or no prior exposure to AAC

  • May not yet understand the relationship between visual symbols and concepts, or have the physical skills to access displays with a number of symbols

  • May be starting to follow directions with routines and familiar activities

  • Primarily using vocalizations, facial expressions, gestures, and body language to communicate with others

  • Users who demonstrate skills indicating readiness for aided symbol systems:(discriminating between visual symbols, using symbols to make requests for things they want, using more robust or novel nonverbal forms of communicating (e.g. vocalizing gesturing, head nods/shakes, taking a partner to something, looking at something)

  • Have been using pictures and/or iconic symbols which appears to increase both comprehension and expression.

  • Attempts to communicate using aided systems are most frequent in motivating situations or favorite activities

  • Users who are accessing pre-stored messages on aided systems of communication to interact and take turns in familiar routines and activities 

  • They are resourceful in using their unaided communication (e.g. verbal and nonverbal) to supplement aided systems 

  • They have the ability to categorize words, and can navigate from category pages to find messages independently.

  • Users who are experienced system users who require high technology systems to enable them to communicate at a level commensurate with their language understanding

  •  Advanced level system users are able to use a large pre-stored vocabulary set and generate novel language (e.g. put words together in their own unique combinations)

  • Have the literacy skills to support spelling

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