Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) assessments

What happens at an assessment

Assessments are informal and always with the assigned NHS Speech and Language Therapist. We will observe your child’s communication through play to determine what their AAC needs are. We look specifically at:

  • verbal communication
  • current AAC
  • the educational setting's access to software to support AAC
  • setting targets related to AAC

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Where the assessment take place

The initial assessment will usually take place in the educational setting, at pre-school, school or college. Occasionally we may make a home visit.

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Next steps

After the initial assessment we will determine ways in which we can support your child. If there is a need we may make a referral to the Assistive Technology team. The frequency of our visits and any future assessments will depend on the needs of your child. Most children are seen once or twice a term.