Pediatric Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) Services at Spaulding Center for Children Sandwich
We all want to be heard and understood. Some children and young adults struggle to communicate and express their emotions. Our goal is to help them find their voice, know how to listen and become the best communicators they can be.
What is augmentative alternative communication?
Augmentative alternative communication, or AAC, are alternative ways for people to communicate. We use AAC such as facial expressions and gestures nearly on a daily basis. For people who struggle to communicate, it may include paper-based tools (such as pictures and letter boards) or more sophisticated technologies with speech generating software. Research suggests that AAC enhances speech and language development and may increase use of natural spoken language.
We specialize in evaluating and treating children and young adults who use AAC, helping expand your child’s ability to express feelings beyond basic wants and needs, ultimately strengthening your understanding and your relationship.
Spaulding's Approach to AAC
Whether your child needs a single therapy or a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation program, our pediatric rehabilitation specialists develop a customized care plan to ensure the best possible results. Augmentative Alternative Communication services can often be paired with Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Therapy to help treat your child holistically. Our staff address the physical, social, emotional and needs of each child, laying the foundation for the continuing development of abilities and the experience of success. We also collaborate closely with educational staff to maximize the child’s ability to participate in their learning process.
Our clinicians work with pediatric specialists, referring physicians, schools, family members and the child to set goals and review progress. We can also help you identify additional services and resources available within the healthcare system and in your community. If you already have augmentative alternative communication devices at your disposal, our clinicians can help your child become proficient at using their device.