AUGMENTATIVE & ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION (AAC)
Just because somebody cannot speak, does not mean they cannot communicate successfully.
Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) is a way by which an individual's communication skills (i.e., production & comprehension) can be maximized for functional and effective communication. It involves supplementing or replacing natural speech with aided (e.g., picture communication symbols, Speech-Generating Devices, etc) and/or unaided symbols (e.g., manual sings, gestures, etc).
We work to identify the most appropriate communication option, and support functional communication across a variety of settings and communication partners. In addition to traditional forms of AAC, we utilize latest technology (e.g., communication software available on tablets such as the iPad) to maximize success, using advances in technology to our advantage! We have experience with programming devices and teaching clients to become increasingly independent device users. Examples of systems we have experience with include: TouchChat, Proloquo, MyTalk, LAMP, PRC Devices, AutisMate,DynaVox, PODD, and many more!
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We use evidence-based AAC practices!
We offer ...
AAC evaluations to determine the most appropriate AAC system
Presentations and formal trainings for related professionals
Therapy and training to teach AAC user to use their system to communicate
IEE (Independent Educational Evaluation)
At times, parents/caregivers are not in agreement with school district’s speech-language, AAC, or AT assessment results, recommendations, or services offered. In this case, families can request their district to work with an independent professional to conduct an IEE. Findings and recommendations are then discussed with the IEP team.