Multi Modal Communication

Multi Modal Communication is a term for describing all the different methods we employ in communicating with each other, every day. This may be via spoken language, gesture, texting, emailing, handwriting, body language, or by using a communication device.

When people use alternative modes, it is generally called Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), which embraces all the above modalities, plus a few others. All of us rely upon a multi-modal approach to getting our message across, and it is the same for AAC Communicators.

The need to have multiple modes of communication available becomes all the more important if a primary mode becomes unavailable. The communicator might swap to another access method or system, or a low-tech option. Likewise, certain environments may call for other modes.

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