Highlights Of Principles Used For Augmentative And Alternative Communication Assessment In Patients With Central Nervous System Disorders
Keywords:Augmentative and Alternative Communication, assessment, intervention, neurological conditions, training, assessment tools
Different technologies are used, including Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), which can improve communication competences and life participation in patients with neurological conditions and communication deficits. The assessment of patients for the AAC need is a complex procedure encompassing not only speech and language assessment but also evaluation of cognitive, motor, visual, auditory, perceptive, and a variety of other general factors that influence the process of AAC method selection. Different standardized linguistic tools are used in the assessment process. Reassessments are an indisputable part of the AAC intervention process. Training of patients, caregivers, and other primary communication partners is imperative to ensure the successful use of communication technologies. The patients must take part in assessor controlled device trials to reveal the most appropriate AAC technology. Whenever needed, the AAC training ensures the permanent use of the technologies, providing ongoing support to the families once the skilled intervention is discontinued.
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