Augmentative and Alternative Communication

AAC devices come in all shapes and sizes. Some examples include iPads, speech-generating devices (SGD), an eye gaze, communication boards, and picture books. Our specialists can help users find the right communication system to fit their lifestyle.
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What is AAC?

Communication devices, systems, strategies, and tools that replace or support spoken language are known as augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). A dynamic AAC system will include both core and fringe vocabulary that allows them to build meaningful expressive language.

How a Speech-Language Pathologist Can Help with Augmentative And Assistive Technology?

Evaluation

An evaluation for AAC is a dynamic process. The multi-phase assessment process for AAC includes:

1) Matching the needed features for a user that will best work in their natural environment

2) Assessing any barriers to communication opportunities and access

3) Training interventions and

4) Analyzing effectiveness.

Implementation

A speech therapist may teach and program communication devices based on what types of vocabulary that a user needs. A user will be trained to access vocabulary sets and layouts. The fundamental goal of AAC is to enhance users’ communication abilities and expand their functional communication. Any tool or method that does this is part of AAC.
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How a Speech-Language Pathologist Can Help with Speech Articulation?

Evaluation

An evaluation for AAC is a dynamic process. The multiphase assessment process for AAC includes:

1) matching the needed features for a user that will best work in their natural environment

2) assessing any barriers to communication opportunity and access

3) Training interventions and

4) analyzing effectiveness.

Implementation

A speech therapist may teach and program communication devices based on what types of vocabulary that a user needs. A user will be trained to access vocabulary sets and layout. The fundamental goal of AAC is to enhance users’ communication abilities and expand their functional communication. Any tool or method that does this is part of AAC.

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If you have questions about speech-language symptoms, please contact us today to speak directly with a speech-language pathologist for guidance.

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FAQs

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Newborns with congenital problems may have communication-related needs from birth, and a speech-language pathologist (SLP) is part of a neonatal multidisciplinary team. We often work with infants and toddlers at an early age (12-24 months) in areas such as swallowing and feeding, hearing and listening, oral-motor and speech, and attention and socialization.

You don’t necessarily know for sure. A speech-language pathologist can help you answer this question. Some indicators that might lead you to seek a consultation or screening are:
  • The child’s skills are immature compared to others in his playgroup or preschool.
  • Family members or friends alert you to differences that they observe.
  • The child’s developmental pattern is unusual compared to others his age.
  • There is a family history of speech, language, or learning problems.
  • There have been health issues, such as ear infections, which can impact communication.
A fully qualified speech-language pathologist must have a master’s degree from an accredited program, maintain a California speech pathology license, and hold a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Many of our staff also have experience and advanced training in specialty areas.

Peninsula Associates has several talented clinicians with different specializations. Our director of operations will identify which speech-language pathologist is available and appropriate for a new client. Most clients are seen 2-4 weeks after the paperwork has been completed. There is sometimes a waiting period if a new children’s group is being formed, but we may see the new child individually in the interim.

PASTS, Inc. offers both private-pay and fee-for-service practice and we are an in-network provider for a growing number of insurance carriers. We also have close relationships with Sutter Health, Lucille Packard, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation pediatricians, specialists, and clinicians. We can often obtain single-case agreements with other Insurance to access speech therapy benefits for your particular health insurance plan. Please contact our office to see how we can help you access your insurance benefits.