AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. It includes a wide range of tools and strategies that help individuals with communication challenges express themselves effectively. AAC devices can benefit people with various conditions, including but not limited to autism, cerebral palsy, speech disorders, and conditions that affect speech and language abilities.
If you or your loved one is experiencing difficulty with spoken communication, AAC may be considered. An initial assessment by our therapists will help determine if an AAC device is suitable and which specific strategies or devices may be beneficial.
AAC devices vary and can include low-tech options like communication boards, picture exchange systems, and gestures, as well as high-tech options like speech-generating devices (SGDs) and apps on tablets or smartphones. The type of AAC recommended depends on individual needs and preferences.
To get started, please contact us to schedule an initial assessment. During this assessment, we will evaluate communication abilities and discuss goals. Following the assessment, we will work together to create a personalized AAC therapy plan.
AAC therapy is not limited to children. Adults with communication challenges, whether due to acquired conditions or lifelong disabilities, can benefit significantly from an AAC device. We provide AAC services for individuals of all ages.
The duration of AAC therapy varies depending on individual needs and goals. Some clients may benefit from short-term therapy to address specific communication challenges, while others may engage in ongoing therapy for skill development and support.
Yes, we provide training and support for family members and caregivers to ensure that they are well-equipped to assist with AAC device use and facilitate effective communication with their loved ones.
Coverage for AAC devices varies by insurance plans and funding sources. Our team can assist you in navigating insurance claims and identifying potential funding options to help make AAC devices more accessible.
While AAC therapy primarily focuses on alternative communication methods, it can also complement speech and language development. Our therapists work to enhance overall communication skills, which include speech.
To schedule an appointment or inquire about our AAC services, please contact our clinic by phone or email. Our team is here to assist you and provide the information you need.
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If you have additional questions or need further clarification, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are committed to providing you with the information and support you need to make informed decisions about an AAC device.