Augmentative Communication

A unique challenge...

Children and adults with speech or language difficulties may need to find other ways to communicate. There are different types of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to consider and a speech-language pathologist can help find the most appropriate form of AAC based on an individual’s needs. To determine what type of AAC is best for an individual, it is essential to gather parent/family input, observations, complete an AAC evaluation, and gather team input.

Individuals who may work as part of the team included:

  • speech-language pathologist,
  • occupational therapy,
  • physical therapist,
  • social worker,
  • assistive technology professional,
  • doctor,
  • vision specialist. 

The goal of AAC is to achieve the most effective communication possible in order to express needs/wants, and lead the highest quality of life possible.

Types of Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Group therapy offers an opportunity to develop verbal skills
Skills like nonverbal communication are given a chance to develop.

Insurance Coverage

Speech generated devices may be covered through your insurance provider. At Yakos Therapy, our speech-language pathologists can help find the right AAC system for your child.

Not every device works for every person, so it is important to find the right one. Upon selection, our staff of professionals will work with your child to maximize their communication skills.