Service changes and visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic

During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.

Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.

 

Visiting

Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit.

You can read some general  NHS guidance on visiting healthcare inpatient settings.pdf [pdf] 89KB

If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis

For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111

Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.

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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