Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a type of communication used to supplement or replace verbal speech for individuals with communication disabilities. Our SLPs can provide assessments of individuals and recommend the most appropriate type of AAC, provide training to both the user and the user’s family or caregivers on how to use the AAC system, and provide ongoing support and monitoring of the AAC system.
The STCC’s AAC program includes support for clients and their families and involves the following:
- Assessment to determine the best AAC tools and strategies that will optimize face-to-face communication for our clients. Assessments are individualised, include a variety of layouts and core vocabulary to support ongoing language and communication.
- Client training for clients new to AAC to familiarize them with the tool and reach the communication goals established together by the family and clinical team.
- Education and training for the communication partner (e.g. parents, caregivers) on the use of effective partner strategies.
- Training for clients who already have a tool but require further support in its use for language and communication development across environments and partners.
- Referral to local DP general and expanded level clinics when clinically appropriate and requested by the family or caregiver.
- Applying for ADP funding for low and mid tech tools when clinically appropriate and requested by families and caregivers.
The Speech Therapy Centres of Canada is a team of dedicated speech-language pathologists (commonly known as S-LPs or speech therapists) and speech-language pathology assistants (S-LPAs) who provide assessment and therapy services to children and adults with communication disorders. Our S-LPS, S-LPAs and support staff are truly committed to providing the highest quality of service to our clients and their families. We understand that navigating the world of speech therapy may be daunting so our client services team is prepared to help you every step of the way.