- According to the American Speech and Hearing Association, “All individuals are considered candidates for AAC intervention as long as there is a discrepancy between their communication abilities and their communication needs.”
- The goal of an AAC evaluation is to provide input regarding augmentative and alternative communication strategies, systems, and/or technology accommodations which may improve the individual’s ability to communicate effectively and efficiently across a variety of settings and communication partners.
- An AAC evaluation must be tailored to the unique needs of the individual, which may include one or more of the following:
- Augmentative means of communication to facilitate natural speech
- Alternative means of communication for non-speaking individuals
- Temporary or permanent need for AAC
- Means/modes of communication to facilitate more appropriate alternate behaviors
- An AAC evaluation is an ongoing process; ongoing evaluation and decision making are required, even after an AAC system has been selected.
Comprehensive Speech-Language Evaluations
- Formal and informal assessment measures are utilized to determine the individual’s current levels of functioning and areas of needed skill development.
- Evaluations are customized according to the needs of the individual and may assess skills in one or more of the following areas:
- Speech production
- Receptive language
- Expressive language
- Functional communication
- Social communication
- A comprehensive treatment plan is developed based on information gained during the assessment period as well as input from parents and staff.
Re-evaluations are conducted approximately every 12 months or when otherwise indicated (i.e., a rapid increase in skill acquisition).