Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Specialty services at TheraCare for augmentative and alternative communication are provided by a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist and include collaboration with the family and other service providers. We are able to work closely with clients in schools, nursing homes, rehab facilities, or in their homes. We provide individualized assessments, training, treatment, and consultations for pediatric and adult clients presenting with congenital or acquired communication disorders that impede ability to effectively communicate with others.


How the Process Works


Referrals are received from individual therapists, area schools, special educators, client advocates, physicians, nursing homes, Regional Centers, and Independent Living Centers. Family members are also welcome to contact our clinic to get the referral process started.

Evaluations and assessments are performed by a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist who specializes in augmentative and alternative communication. Other collaborative members may include occupational therapists, other speech-language pathologists, special educators, etc.

Results – Many individuals have been enabled to overcome barriers in their day-to-day lives at home, in school, in the workplace, and in the community. A variety of alternative communication devices are available during assessment procedures and may be recommended for trial or extended use after the evaluation.

Training – We recognize the importance of a comprehensive approach to AAC. User and caregiver commitments to follow-up are necessary to facilitate functional device usage across communication environments. For this reason, we offer a unique therapy program for AAC users and their support team. Our program is catered to the needs of each individual, but typically includes 6-8 follow-up therapy/training sessions constructed to provide functional communication opportunities for the user and programming support for caregivers. Specialized training off-site for other members of the team can be arranged upon request.

Need to make a referral? Contact us TODAY at 417.890.4656 or send us a message through our contact form! We look forward to serving you and your family!

TheraCare is an approved evaluation site for Medicare and Medicaid. We are also in-network with other major insurance companies.

Disclaimer: TheraCare Outpatient Services and its employees do not have any financial relationship with, nor will receive any other gain from the manufacturer of any recommended devices or equipment.

Do you have questions about augmentative and alternative communication services and how it can benefit you and your family?
Give us a call today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!