Augmentative and Alternative Communication System Evaluations: Includes a full assessment of current functional communication skills, expressive & receptive language skills, trials of communication systems, recommendations of an AAC System & a parent training session.
Functional Communication Evaluations: For individuals who already have an alternative form of communication, this assessment will identify current functional communication skills, receptive and expressive language, and identify areas that need to be worked on to expand one's communication skills.
Evaluation Methods Used :
Direct assessment through structured language tasks and play routines (when appropriate)
Observations in natural environments
Formal Assessment Tool: Test of Aided-Communication Symbol Performance, Functional Communication Profile-Revised, Communication Matrix, Every Move Counts
Treatment is typically individual sessions that are 1 hour in length and focuses on the following skills:
Linguistic: Understanding the expressive and receptive skills and knowledge needed to operate the AAC system or communication device
Operational: the skills required to use the AAC system or communication device
Social: initiating, maintaining, and terminating social interactions in a socially and contextually appropriate way
Strategic: Skills that are unique to communicating with an AAC system or communication device., such as gaining attention, checking for listener comprehension, and repairing communication breakdowns
Training and Consultation
Training for parents and caregivers on how to operate the device and how to support the AAC user's communication.
AAC Implementation plans
Designing no-tech or low-tech systems
Programming of high-tech devices
Training for schools or other professionals. Examples of trainings-
Aided Language Stimulation (Modeling)
Core and Fringe Vocabulary
Classroom Implementation Strategies
Application and Device specific trainings
Consultation available for school districts