AAC Devices in Pediatric Therapy
AAC is the term used to describe any form of communication that a person can use that is not speech. This may include pointing to pictures of what the person wants, using sign language, or using a device that will speak a message when a specific button is pushed.
MetroEHS can boast a 100% success rate in supplying clients with these crucial communication devices giving a voice to our superheroes.
When Should AAC be Considered for a Child?
An AAC device should be considered for any child whose speech output is not adequate to fully communicate their wants and needs.
Things to consider:
-Child’s frustration levels
-Adult frustration levels
-Access to school curriculum
-Participation in classroom activities
-Ability to demonstrate knowledge to teachers
-Access to home and community environment
-Ability to interact appropriately with family and peers
-Independence in developmentally-appropriate daily activities
MetroEHS partners with an AAC company and a medical equipment company. These companies serve as consultants for Metro EHS SLPs as we work toward supplying families with AAC devices. Some AAC tools are covered by insurance, but some are not. MetroEHS Pediatric Therapy will help you understand your options.
Step One: Our SLPs identify kiddos who might benefit from using AAC!
Step Two: We begin trialing different devices and different communication systems determining which systems work best for each individual client. There are several devices and programs to choose from.
Step Three: Once the SLP determines which system works best, an AAC evaluation is submitted to the client's pediatrician for review. If the pediatrician approves, we obtain a prescription for the device, much like obtaining a prescription for a splint, or other form of medical equipment.
Step Four: When the prescription is received, the prescription and evaluation report are all submitted to the insurance company. Once approved, the device is ordered!
Step Five: The device is delivered to the family and they family receives assistance with set up and demonstration. The device fully belongs to the child.
After the device is in the hands of our client, MetroEHS SLPs work with the family and the client to integrate the device into their world in speech therapy.
With Locations all over South East Michigan and excellent Speech Therapy services, MetroEHS Pediatric Therapy is here to help. Browse through our Locations Page to find a Local Therapy Center near you!