Getting the Most Out of Remote AAC Therapy & Assessments — Part 3
Getting the Support You Need
As many of us know too well, people who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices have been deeply affected by the pandemic, and by distance learning in particular. But that doesn’t mean that virtual AAC therapies and assessments aren’t possible. On the contrary! We sat down with LA–based speech and language pathologist Rachel Madel (MA, CCC-SLP), who specializes in AAC and working with children with autism, to find out how we can get our kids the support they need.
In this third installment of our four-part video interview, we look at what resources exist for families who don't have access to a therapist who is well-versed in AAC, what kinds of devices we should advocate for, and tips for families who are learning a new device alongside their child. Be sure to check out part 1 of this series, which focuses on the benefits of remote AAC assessments and therapy, and part 2, which covers how to make virtual AAC therapy sessions more fun and engaging, what a great virtual session should look like, and how to be better communication partners for our kids.
If a family doesn’t have access to a therapist who is well versed in AAC and is not getting the support they need, what resources are out there?
What kinds of devices should we advocate for? Can families trial a device remotely?
What are your tips for families who are learning to use a new device (especially eye-gaze technology) alongside their child?
Collective wisdom: tips & strategies from parents!
We asked Special X parents whose children use AAC devices to share their real-world advice with us. We’ll be passing along their hard-won tips and wisdom throughout this series.
Stay tuned for our last installment on progress monitoring and goals!