SPG’s AAC & AT mission
We are a highly trained team in the specialized areas of AAC and AT. We support students with special needs and their IEP Teams. We work within the educational setting to provide sound AAC and AT services for communication and technology needs. We match the student to the most effective systems, as well as consult and train the IEP Teams for continued success. These AAC and AT models and strategies allow students to access and participate in the curriculum. We are continually expanding our AAC & AT services through strong collaboration, trainings, and mentorship. SPG’s ultimate goal is to build capacity and sustainability within the schools.
Our educationally-based AAC & AT Services include:
- Assessment, implementation, and documentation using the principles of evidence-based AAC & AT practices with a multimodal approach (high tech, low tech, no tech)
- Trainings, demonstrations, and supports to develop the skills and AAC & AT competencies of students, IEP Teams, families, and other communication partners
- Collaboration and consultation to incorporate functional and meaningful goals and objectives that integrate AAC & AT effectively into all settings
- Technical assistance and support with selecting, set-up, programming, customizing, and troubleshooting AAC & AT equipment
What is the difference between an AAC & AT?
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is provided by Speech-Language Pathologists with expertise and training in the area of AAC. They analyze the communication needs of students with disabilities and assist in the selection and implementation of a variety of communication tools and strategies. Only a licensed SLP may submit for third-party funding of AAC devices. They provide training for the communication partners to facilitate communicative success in the educational setting. AAC is a subset or one type of AT. Learn more about AAC (pdf) >>
Assistive Technology (AT) may be provided by an Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, SLP, Teacher of Special Education, or Rehabilitation Engineer with specialized training from an accredited AT program. They analyze the technology needs of the student with disabilities and assist in the selection, customization, and use of adaptive devices to improve functional capabilities. The solutions provided, whether low- or high-tech, are usually designed to enhance communication, mobility, and access to computers, curriculum, and educational materials. Learn more about AT (pdf) >>