A transdisciplinary approach to
Augmentative and Alternative
Communication (AAC) that integrates
the sciences of speech language
pathology and applied behavior analysis.”
Sarah Fitta, Founder and Author of REAL AAC
REAL - Responsive and Effective Analysis of Language - is a systematic approach to evidence-based intervention and assessment procedures. It is primarily designed to support individuals with complex communication needs, benefitting from AAC, but can be implemented with any learner.
REAL, AAC is an approach to ensuring the internal integrity of the services we provide. This is essential. This tells us that what we are doing if effective. It is a critical element of what speech language pathologists need to do
Ensure that the vocabulary you select is appropriate
When an individual reaches for an item, what does that tell us? What do they do with the item? These are data-informed questions that are embedded within REAL AAC's approach.
The formulaic nature of REAL AAC supports the integrity and consistency of treatment across communication partners.