Communication Crew is a group for individuals with complex communication needs who have been prescribed an Alternative or Augmentative Communication (AAC) tool such as a Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Device (PODD) communication book, core vocab board, or speech generating device. The group provides children a safe space to practice using their AAC in meaningful play activities and interaction opportunities with their peers.
Many AAC tools require teaching with a focus on natural language stimulation, where visual language is modelled alongside verbal. The speech pathologist and/or other communication partner may point to the symbols representing key words, phrases or sentences while speaking. The group members therefore see picture symbols used for an entire range of functions by capable communication partners, and in doing so learn how to use this communication method within natural settings.