Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) is used to help people who have difficulties with communication. It is for anyone who has a current form of communication that is not meeting his or her needs.

The specific purpose of an Augmentative Communication assessment is to determine an effective communication system for a child. A team consisting of a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and an Occupational Therapist (OT) completes the evaluation. During this session the SLP observes the following:

  • Oral motor skills
  • Speech production skills
  • Language reception and expression
  • Literacy skills

The OT observes:

  • Interactive environment
  • Positioning and mobility
  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual-motor skills
  • Activities of daily living.

Assessment, follow-up, and treatment sessions -- in addition to evaluation -- are available to assist with assessing communication devices and creating language goals specific to augmentative communication.