Augmentative and alternative communication

AAC examples The Children’s Local SLT AAC Service Nottinghamshire aims to provide a needs-led service to all children and young people who require support to develop language through an alternative means of communication.

We are a small team of specialist therapists and therapy assistants who deliver several packages of care to support children and young people through AAC assessment and implementation.

What is AAC?

AAC stands for Augmentative and Alternative communication. This is used when children need to develop language through another means of communication. AAC covers a wide range of techniques and methods which aim to support spoken communication. These include:

  • Gestures
  • Signing
  • Symbols
  • Word boards
  • Communication boards
  • Books
  • Speech generating devices

Who do we work with?

We work with children and young people, their families and settings to ensure that new skills and strategies using AAC are incorporated into everyday life. The best outcomes are achieved when key people in the child or young person’s life work together, master the skills and strategies and build their own competency in generating new strategies.

We also work closely in collaboration with local teams such as Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. We have a close partnership with Lincoln Electronic Assistive Technology Service (EATS) who provide assessment for and provision of high tech AAC systems to those children and young people who meet their criteria.



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