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Multidisciplinary Team Approach to AAC Assessment

Center for Applied Rehabilitation Technology (CART)
Multidisciplinary Team Approach to AAC Assessment

Carlene MacBride, MS CCC
Molly Doyle MS CCC
Barbara Phillips, MS, OTR, ATP



DESCRIPTION OF CART PROGRAM


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OVERVIEW OF DISABILITIES

ASSESSMENT

Definition of AAC - "integrated group of components, including symbols, aids, strategies and techniques used by individuals to enhance communication" (ASHA 1991)


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Feature Approach to AAC Assessment


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ASSESSMENT COMPONENTS - obtain information via interview, assessment and observation

Communication Needs

Seating, Positioning and Mobility Needs

Visual Status - Baseline of functional status, determines if further evaluation necessary.

Motor Control

Switch Assessment

Cognition and Language Assessment


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SYSTEM SELECTION, TRIALS AND RECOMMENDATION

Pros and Cons of an Integrated System


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CASE STUDIES

AAC DEVICE FUNDING - Payor Sources and Criteria

SYSTEM INSTRUCTION - Critical as merely providing individual with device does not guarantee functional use

CONCLUSION


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REFERENCES

For Referral Information Contact:

CART
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
7601 E. Imperial Highway
Downey, CA 90242
Phone: 562/401-6800
FAX: 562/803-8892
TTY: 562/401-2845
Website:http://www.rancho.org/cart/index.html


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