If your ability to verbally communicate is limited, we have options!
During your augmentative communication evaluation, a speech therapist and occupational therapist will work with you and/or your loved one to determine an alternative or supplement to verbal communication. We’ll discuss and explore your hopes and goals and you’ll work with therapists to create an individualized communication plan.
No-tech options like pictures, alphabet boards or partner-assisted scanning may provide opportunities for beginning communication. There also may be an immediate option to communicate with pointing or by eye movement.
Low-, middle- and high-tech options also can be explored. We work closely with speech-generating device companies to maintain a supply of commercial and disability-specific tools. These are available for practice during augmentative communication sessions. These devices can be controlled via touchscreen, eye gaze, head mouse and even through switch-scanning.
A wealth of options are available. For instance, speak a pre-programmed message (such as “I want some more milk, please!”) by touching an icon. Or, spell a word or phrase simply by looking at a keyboard. These are just a few examples of what’s possible with augmentative communication technology. Completely customizable speech devices literally give people voices.
We’ll work with you and your support system to create a treatment plan during your initial evaluation. Device trials, setup, and training are available depending on your individual needs and goals.
We serve patients of all ages and with all conditions, including:
• Brain injury
• Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
• Rett syndrome
• Cerebral palsy
• Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)
• Multiple sclerosis (MS)