What is an AAC Assessment?
An AAC assessment is the process of evaluating an individual’s condition, abilities and skills to determine the most appropriate communication solution for their needs.
What factors are considered?
The professional carrying out the assessment will review and evaluate the individual’s:
- condition (including any anticipated changes and future considerations)
- language, cognitive and sensory abilities, including motor skills
- current and future communication needs and goals
Who performs the assessment?
Professionals who have the expertise and knowledge to appropriately evaluate the individual and the factors affecting them perform the assessment. Typically this is a Speech and Language Therapist. A Physical and/or Occupational Therapist may also be involved to determine seating and positioning, access methods, device mounting and placement where necessary.
How do our Product Advisors support AAC assessment?
Toby Churchill Product Advisors are technology experts. Their role is to assist and support the assessment professional or team by identifying the device features and benefits which support an individual’s unique needs.
Helpful links to AAC supportive services:
Communication Matters is committed to supporting people who find communication difficult because they have little or no clear speech.
Find A Voice supports people with a severe speech, language or communication difficulty, and who may require some form of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) support.
Contact Candle are a communication aid centre which supports communication and learning needs of children and adults who need Alternative and Augmentative Communication and Assistive (AAC) Technology.
1Voice takes a family and social perspective on communication and promotes families supporting each other to overcome the isolation that being unable to speak can bring.
Family Welfare Association has been a leading provider of services to disadvantaged and socially isolated families.
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) promotes the art and science of speech and language therapy – the care for individuals with communication, swallowing, eating and drinking difficulties.
Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP) provides information on independent Speech and Language Therapy