Jackson started speech therapy at MCRC in March of 2017 and he began using an AAC device (Augmentative Alternative Communication). This device allows him to communicate his wants and needs; in particular, a favorite toy with which he wants to play. Jackson is very smart and quickly learned how to use the AAC device and is now able to combine two words into phrases to better communicate. By pressing pictures on the board that correlate to the toy or item he wants, he is able to communicate to family and peers outside of the therapy room. This method of communication will expand further as Jackson’s ability to use the device continues to improve. This will allow him the opportunity to “talk” with others at a more advanced level. Additionally, this has alleviated a good bit of his frustration in not being able to verbally communicate.
McKayla Morton, M.S., C.C.C.- SLP, has been working with Jackson since he started at MCRC and notes “it is amazing to see how quickly he is mastering the device. He will be able to use it to communicate so many things. He knows some basic sign language but was completely unmotivated to use it. With this device, he is making progress very quickly!” McKayla added, “With all kids, motivation is the key to success. Therapy is hard work and sometimes it is challenging and difficult. When they know they are succeeding, it encourages them to work harder. If we can make it fun, we almost always see better results. And Jackson is making some really great progress. It’s pretty exciting for me, for him, and his whole family.”