We now offer a New Augmentative and Alternative Parent Training Series!
We are so excited to offer a four week parent training series to support families around the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication for children who are nonspeaking or minimally verbal. This series is for parents and additional family members. This series will consist of four, 1-hour parent information sessions around topics related to AAC. It will be a combination of discussion and hands-on activities. There will be a time for questions at the end of each session.
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology (AT) can be any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether purchased, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of people with disabilities (IDEA 2004.)
This may include object communication systems, paper based communication boards, high tech communication systems on dedicated devices or tablets, prosthetics, mounting systems, and positioning devices, special switches, keyboards, and pointing devices for access, computer software such as screen readers, communication programs or curricular software or materials such as PVC piping, foam, cardboard to adapt items.
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or use gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write. AAC includes unaided and aided communication.
- Children with Rett Syndrome and related disorders
- Children who have global developmental delays
- Children with neurological and genetic disorders
- Children with multiple disabilities who do not have a formal diagnosis
- Young children who are not effectively communicating due to significantly reduced speech and language
- Children with Autism
- Children who have significantly reduced intelligibility due to motor speech and severe phonological disorders and could benefit from AAC to augment speech
- Children who require AAC and have a diagnosis of CVI
- Children who use a variety of access methods, including direct selection (directly touching the screen with a finger), eye gaze and switches
- AAC assessment to determine what communication system would be best for a child
- Speech language therapy sessions focused on use of AAC
- We are happy to provide consultation to your child's school team to ensure that everyone working with your child is trained and comfortable in implementation of the communication system
- 1:1 parent training after clinic hours and on weekends