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Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Program

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Overview

The AAC program is a unique, multi-disciplinary team model which includes speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists. 

The AAC team works with children through adults with complex communication needs to provide specialized evaluations to determine which type of AAC equipment and environmental adaptions can be used to support the individual’s and family’s communication needs and growth. These communication needs can range from an individual’s ability to express their basic wants, needs, thoughts and feelings as well as supporting their ability to participate at home, school and everyday environments.

Common patient diagnoses that may result in the need for AAC include cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, significant speech production disorders (e.g. Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), dysarthria), traumatic brain injury, genetic disorders, and muscular dystrophy.

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