Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) Clinic
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is the use of communication technology to enhance speech or provide an alternative means of communication when speech is not possible or functional.
AAC also includes the use of computerized devices to assist with written communication when manual handwriting is not possible or functional, regardless of whether or not the person can speak.
The delivery of AAC services involves a specialized interdisciplinary team that provides assessment, prescription, equipment trial, ADP funding authorization and training for AAC devices.
The team consists of Speech-Language Pathologists, Communicative Disorders Assistants, Occupational Therapists, and Technologists. These disciplines collaborate with the client throughout assessment and intervention.
A therapist’s (OT or SLP) referral is preferred, however patients may sign up independently by filling out our referral form; patients are accepted on a case-by-case basis at any point in the continuum of care.
This program is partially funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health Assistive Devices Program. Clients from our grant funded programs including ALS, MS, Stroke and Parkinson’s are covered under this publicly funded program. Other clients can be seen on a fee-for-service basis for access to this program.
Alternative methods of communication
Provide communicative independence
Restore connection with loved ones, caregivers and peers
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ATC has had to limit the number of referrals we can see. Consequently, we can only accommodate our internally referred patients and will not be accepting any community referrals for our Seating and AAC clinics at this time.
We will continue to see our existing ALS, stroke, MS and PD patients and internal referrals for these diagnoses in Seating and AAC clinic.
Thank you for your understanding.