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Electronic communication aids are operated by pointing to or pressing a key or area on a screen containing a picture, symbol or word. Children or young adults with very little movement may use an alternative means of access such as using a switch with any part of their body or eye gaze technology.
Communication aids are support systems to enable a young person to communicate using alternative means. These aids can range from low tech support, which is usually paper based and accessed using a point to high tech; which is electronic based and operated using selection of a symbol via hand or eye movements. These are often accessed as a result of a physical or learning disability (LD).
If a communication aid is recommended at the SCARC assessment:
When a communication aid is introduced it is important that everyone involved with the child or young person knows how to operate and support the use of the communication aid.