ASSESSMENT PROCESS FOR SPEECH-GENERATING DEVICE 

Please note: ALL Assistive Technology comprehensive assessment will be conducted in our clinic. 

Therapy can be clinic or home based depending on individual needs. 


AAC Speech Clinic Assessment Service: 

We offer independent interdisciplinary assessments to identify appropriate assistive technology resources for people with physical and/or communication impairments to support their communication and learning. We recognize the benefits of a partnership approach when completing assessments. Very few people manage effectively in isolation, and we encourage individuals, their families and involved professionals to work together as a team – from the very first step of identifying a need, through to the ongoing review and provision of support needed for each individual to achieve their long-term goals.

If significant others are not involved in the assessment process, this can lead to problems such as a lack of funding, inappropriate recommendations for equipment, training and support, and/or a failure in implementation. The end result is that the intervention does not succeed, and the individual is unable to move forward.

For these reasons, Ace Centre likes the ‘team’ to be identified from the beginning of the process: Our main objective is to facilitate closer working with the team to identify and achieve common and realistic goals.

Our assessment and training teams consist of AAC Specialist Speech-Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Technicians. 


Length of assessment

The length of time required for the assessment will vary but typically takes place over the course of a 2.5 hours. The timings for the assessment will be agreed with the referrer initially and subject to modification as necessary dependent on individual needs. 


What happens at the assessment?

You will be greeted by the OT, PT and SLP upon entering the assessment room. 

Part 1: 

The session will typically commence with a general discussion with everyone concerned providing an opportunity to share any relevant information and identify aims and expectations.

Part 2: 

During the assessment the individual will have an opportunity to demonstrate any resources they are currently using and they will be supported in trying out alternative resources and strategies that might be suitable. It may be necessary to work for short periods, with breaks to set up different equipment and work within the individuals levels of attention motivation and stamina.

Part 3: 

At the end of the assessment it is useful if the group meet together again to discuss the assessment and consider potential recommendations and reach shared conclusions and appropriate solutions.


Following the assessment 

The team will discuss follow-up therapy sessions and when they believe it should commence. The family can decide on receiving clinical based therapy or home-based therapy.

Following this a comprehensive report will be compiled and sent to all those involved in the assessment. The report will summarize the assessment, outline conclusions reached and provide recommendations. 


Device Trial period and therapy

After 6 months the team will follow-up with the lead community speech-language pathologist and decide on if a dedicated trial should be requested. 

The documentation will be submitted directly by 'The AAC Speech Clinic, LLC' to the appropriate Durable Medical Equipment Provider.

The dedicated trial will last 4 weeks and upon conclusion of that trial the team will decide on if a permanent device should be ordered. 


Reference: Fields, A. (2018). Mama vs the Accent 1400. Retrieved from http://www.hopefulparents.org/2015/08/mama-vs-accent-1400.html