AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) Assessment Team - Cornwall Council
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AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) Assessment Team
This team works with children who have been referred by their Speech and Language Therapist. Children referred may have little or no speech but are able to understand language. The AAC Assessment Team consists of Specialist (AAC) Speech and Language Therapist and a Technical Officer.
What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)?
AAC supplements or replaces speech or writing for communication. AAC can take the form of low-tech communication systems such as pen and paper, objects, signing and books with pictures or symbols.
High-tech communication systems include systems that need some sort of power to work, for example, single or multiple message devices that you can record on to as well as other devices such as computers and tablets that can convert symbols or pictures to a voice output.
What do we do?
Our goal is to implement the AAC device in such a way that impacts teaching and learning in the classroom. The AAC team will support school staff to monitor an individual pupil’s progress and set targets in line with the pupil’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
A multi-agency approach is used involving professionals working with an individual child or young person, and we work closely with other services such as the Physical Disability Team to ensure maximum access to the curriculum is obtained.
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