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  • Speech Pathology
  • Appointments

    336-716-3103

  • Additional Information

    We accept referrals from parents, physician offices, behavioral health programs and local school programs. In-house (inpatient) patients are seen upon physician consult. Appointments for outpatient testing are scheduled throughout the week in a variety of time slots.



Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Children who are non-verbal or cannot communicate basic needs and wants effectively may benefit from an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) aid or device that supplements or replaces speech. Speech-language pathologists at Brenner Children's Hospital perform evaluations for children with AAC needs and assist with device selection. They have experience working with children who have:

  • Motor impairments
  • Motor speech disorders
  • Progressive illnesses
  • Receptive and/or expressive language disorders
  • Developmental delay
  • Brain injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Autism
  • Congenital anomalies

Multidisciplinary AAC Evaluations for Children

We use multidisciplinary approach to evaluate children with severely impaired speech and language skills and AAC needs. Team members include a: 

  • Speech-language pathologist
  • Child psychologist
  • Developmental pediatrician
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physical therapist

We assess the child's overall development, speech and language abilities, motor skills and cognitive functioning to determine what type of AAC device will be most effective. We may recommend communication strategies or systems for your child, including:

  • Symbolic gestures
  • Picture symbols
  • Picture exchange systems
  • Programmable switches
  • Voice output devices
  • Dynamic displays
  • Eye gaze devices
  • Computer-based systems

The speech-language pathologist will help families and the child with set-up, programming and use of the AAC device. Many of the systems and strategies are available for loan or onsite trial during the evaluation session.

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment, please call 336-716-3103 to request that an information packet be mailed to your home. If there is currently a speech-language pathologist working with your child in the home, school or private setting, you are encouraged to discuss your interest in pursuing an AAC evaluation with them. They may be able to offer some helpful insight and guidance with both the assessment and intervention process. Once our team receives the completed information packet, you will be contacted and offered the next available appointment. We look forward to working with you and your child.

 

Quick Reference

  • Speech Pathology
  • Appointments

    336-716-3103

  • Additional Information

    We accept referrals from parents, physician offices, behavioral health programs and local school programs. In-house (inpatient) patients are seen upon physician consult. Appointments for outpatient testing are scheduled throughout the week in a variety of time slots.