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CHUN, Regina Yu Shon. Augmentative and alternative communication: scope and peculiarities of terms and concepts in Brazil. Pró-Fono R. Atual. Cient. [online]. 2009, vol.21, n.1, pp.69-74. ISSN 0104-5687.

BACKGROUND: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is expanding in our country, however it is still not a widely recognized practice. Although the term "Augmentative and Alternative Communication" is well defined in the international literature, in our country there is no official and/or accepted version. AIM: to review the terms used in Brazil and to discuss their implications, taking as a reference the policies and recommendations of Isaac - International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. METHOD: a review of national Journals was made, consulting Lilacs and SciELO database, until the year of 2007. RESULTS: the following versions were found: Comunicação Alternativa e Suplementar, Comunicação Alternativa, Comunicação Suplementar e/ou Alternativa, Sistemas Alternativos e Facilitadores de Comunicação, Comunicação Suplementar, Comunicação Alternativa e Ampliada. CONCLUSION: it is important for a given version/term, besides being adopted by its own use, to maintain the original intended sense and to be in consonance with recommendations/policies of the field it belongs, such as those proposed by Isaac. This is a relevant discussion for the consolidation and strengthening of AAC in Brazil and also for the establishment of descriptors in the field of Health Sciences.

Keywords : Speech-Language Pathology; Terminology; Nonverbal Communication.

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