"Augmentative and Alternative Communication" (AAC) includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. Children and adults with speech or language challenges may benefit from the use of a dedicated AAC system to provide them with a way to communicate, to supplement their existing speech, or replace speech that is not functional.
SLPIM is able to provide AAC evaluations, recommend an appropriate AAC system, and implement AAC with clients and their families.
The goal of AAC implementation at SLPIM is to provide clients with limited verbal skills with the most appropriate system to allow them to say what they want to say as efficiently as possible.
Technology continues to improve individual access to communication, and we carefully select systems that can grow with our clients and give them access to a robust vocabulary.
We help our clients learn to use AAC across environments and activities, for a variety of communication purposes including requesting, commenting, responding, labeling, and asking questions.
Our therapists have experience with various forms of AAC, including: