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Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)
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Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)


AAC program description

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) are communication tools that can support a broad range of people, especially those with Autism, processing differences, motor challenges, and difficulty learning and using language. It can support people who cannot use their voice to communicate at all (nonspeaking/nonverbal). AAC can also support people by adding more to their verbal communication if they can’t use their verbal communication for everything they need.

In fact, we all use AAC in our daily lives – writing, texting, sharing photos, and even using gestures are forms of AAC! Everyone deserves access to all forms of communication.

However, stepping into the world of AAC can be intimidating. There are so many high tech and low tech supports to consider, from simple talking buttons to complex programs that speak sentences from a tablet. We’re here to guide you every step of the way!

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AAC evaluation

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Here at Seattle Therapy, we offer a collaborative AAC evaluation that typically lasts 6 hourly appointments, including an initial parent interview. The process is customized since we don’t believe in a “one and done” style of AAC evaluation. We know there are so many options to review and decisions to make!

Our AAC Evaluations include:

  1.  Parent/caregiver involvement 
  2.  Multi-disciplinary team involvement 
  3.  Hands-on, SLP-led device trials 
  4.  Tailored and supported decision making to determine an AAC system and treatment plan that will maximize buy-in, confidence and progress for everyone, from the AAC user to their family and team.
  5.  Acquisition of a device through a funding source (don’t worry – we’ll walk you through your options here, too!). 

After the evaluation process, we can offer ongoing speech services with our wrap-around model or help families find an ongoing therapist (or transition back to a prior speech therapist). 

 We are eager to help your family navigate your AAC journey. We can support you in maximizing your child’s ability to connect with the world, express themselves and, of course, feel understood!

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