Supporting your child's communication with assistive technology

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Who is this guide for?

This guide is for families and carers of children with developmental delay or physical or intellectual disability. It will teach you about assistive technology (AT) that may help the development of your child’s communication.

For families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, please refer to the Guide for children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Why is communication important?

Communication should be prioritised for all children. It is an important part of life and essential for a child’s development and learning. Communication supports your child to share their wishes, express and understand feelings, think and learn, solve problems, and develop and maintain relationships (RCN, 2023).  

It’s important to seek support for your child’s communication as early as possible. Research shows the earlier communication supports are introduced in your child’s environment, the sooner communication, language and literacy can develop. 

Early intervention supports are needed for young children as their brain development is strengthened by early stimulation. Parents, carers and families can also benefit from early intervention. AT may help your child communicate using language to express themselves, enhancing their overall well-being and promoting independence. Your child may be able to interact more with their siblings and peers, which can improve their social relationships.

Building your knowledge of the variety of AT options can help you work out what is right for your child and family, now and into the future. 

This page current as of
16 November 2023
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