Alternative and Augmentative Communication Services at Banner Good Samaritan
For teens and adults who can't speak, Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems can provide an alternative means of communication.
This innovation can help with:
- expression of basic wants and needs
- increase social interaction
- increase independence at home and in the community.
AAC may be appropriate for individuals with a variety of diagnoses including:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Primary Progressive Aphasia
- Stroke resulting in dysarthria or aphasia
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Developmental Disabilities
- Other neurological conditions
What types of AAC are available?
A variety of AAC options are available, ranging from low-tech systems such as a communication book or board, to high-tech systems such as speech generating devices (SGDs). A comprehensive evaluation by a speech language pathologist will help to determine which AAC system best meets your needs.
What can I expect at my AAC Evaluation at Banner Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Institute?
A speech language pathologist will obtain a detailed history to determine your specific communication needs, strengths, and limitations.
You will be introduced to a variety of AAC systems, and will be able to try out various speech generating devices available on-site during the evaluation.
What happens after the evaluation?
After a decision has been made to determine the best AAC system for you, your therapist will submit all necessary paperwork to the SGD company, who then will work with your insurance carriers regarding coverage of the device.
Once you receive your SGD, you can participate in speech therapy sessions for training and programming of the device. At Banner Good Samaritan we feel that it is important that you are followed consistently by one therapist throughout this process.
How can I schedule an AAC Evaluation at Banner Good Samaritan Rehabilitation Institute?
- Your physician must submit a written prescription documenting your diagnosis, and request for an AAC Evaluation.
- The physician’s office may also need to obtain insurance authorization.
- The prescription can be faxed to (602) 839-6200 to schedule the procedure.
- Our scheduling staff will contact you to schedule an appointment date/time.