ICCD Services

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Services

What is AAC?

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can be described as a multi-modal communication system that promotes understanding and use of language by means of personalized tools. An AAC device is recommended and customized to fully support the communicator’s needs. AAC includes both low tech (e.g. picture symbol communication, communication books) and high tech (e.g. tablets or devices that are dynamic and generate speech) to promote functional communication in everyday life.

Services we offer:

Evaluations: Comprehensive evaluations are conducted to examine the client’s communication profile across multiple environments. Using dynamic assessment techniques from a total communication perspective, evaluations will: determine device candidacy, recommend and trial appropriately-matched devices, explore funding options, and provide specific recommendations for implementation across settings. Collaboration between the evaluator and the client’s interdisciplinary team is essential for identifying a successful communication system.

Direct speech-language therapy services: Our qualified and knowledgeable speech-language pathologists elicit language from the client using a total communication approach (e.g. gestures, facial expressions, signs, verbalizations, low tech and high tech AAC devices). Therapeutic objectives are determined based on consultation with the parent in conjunction with professional recommendations. Recommendations are evidence-based keeping personal and cultural considerations in mind. Our team ensures that best practices in AAC are recommended and followed through.

Summer group therapy:  ICCD is offering a summer social group that offers hands-on theme-based language learning with an emphasis on AAC device use. This group also serves as an opportunity for parents to actively engage in the technique of aided language stimulation. Slots are limited and are on a first-come first-served basis

Consultation: Consultative services and trainings are offered to families, caregivers, and educational team members regarding programming and daily use of the client’s communication system/AAC device. To promote carryover ofskills learned in therapy, therapeutic techniques are discussed and modeled for families. The focus of consultation time will vary as the client and family acclimates to their communication device. Frequent concerns that are answered and modeled in consultation session include: how to operate the device, programming specific vocabulary, technical support of the device, and providing suggestions for ways to incorporate the client’s AAC device into busy everyday lives.

Populations we serve:

  • AutismSpectrum Disorders
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Developmental Delay
  • Down Syndrome
  • Rhett Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Apraxia/Speech Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

AAC Resources:

Contact Caroline Brinkert , Director of Speech and Language Services, at cbrinkert@iccdpartners.org to schedule a more comprehensive intake conversation and determine the appropriate next steps for your child.