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Augmentative/ Alternative Communication (AAC)

Augmentative communication systems supplement verbal communication.  Augmentative communication can include pictures, symbols, or speechgenerating devices (dedicated computer speech devices such as Dynavox, ProxTalker, Tobii, or Accent) or communication applications for iPads or tablet PCs (such as Proloquo2Go).

AAC can be used as a long-term communication solution; as a bridge to reduce frustration and teach communication skills while a child develops verbal communication; or as a supplement to communication in settings where a child has difficulty making himself understood.  AAC systems may be helpful for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, or any other condition that makes verbal communication difficult.  Systems are available to help children who have difficulties with vision or motor control.

Our therapists can help with assessment of AAC options, submission to insurance, and setup of systems.  Therapy includes training for parents and caregivers and language therapy to help the child become a competent communicator as well as device user.