AAC Information for Professionals
Are you a professional who works in AAC? Whether you are new to AAC or an AAC specialist, PRC is here to help you provide optimum services to your AAC clientele.
Who Benefits from AAC?
Anyone who is unable to use natural speech to communicate may benefit from AAC, whether the condition is temporary or permanent. In addition to the expression of needs and wants, AAC can empower an individual to be an active participant in both legal and medical matters. Family members and caregivers also benefit because the individual using AAC can interact more successfully, participating in both social and decision-making activities.
Individuals who need AAC have a wide range of abilities. Our devices are designed to meet these abilities, even if the individual is unable to read or cannot use his hands to select keys.
Let’s Talk Funding
There are several funding sources that pay for communication devices. The PRC Funding Department can help navigate the funding process. Learn more about our Funding Department.
Learning, Training and Support Resources
There is a wide variety of beginning and advanced support available, including written materials, online support documents, and local, regional, and e-training. Learn more about available training and support for each PRC device. Visit the AAC Language Lab for teaching materials and resources organized by developmental language stages.
The selection and implementation of an AAC device usually involves a speech-language pathologist (SLP)who acts as the team leader. This individual must be aware of the concerns of the person needing AAC, family members, and a variety of disciplines such as physical and occupational therapy. It is important to know when to call on other professionals and to integrate this information in order to identify an appropriate solution. Further information on the role of the SLP can be found at http://www.asha.org/slp/clinical/aac.htm. Your PRC Regional Consultant can also assist you.