Some clients may require a form of Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC). Our specialist speech and language therapists at Manchester SLT offer various equipment training programmes and workshops for clients, careers and professionals within the community. This will vary depending upon the individual needs of the client and will reflect the therapy programme in place for each client.
What is Equipment Training?
Equipment training is training on the equipment used to aid an individual's communication. This is usually a method used for individuals who have very little or no verbal communication. This Full training will be required for client, carer and professional and is offered by our specialist speech and language therapists here at Manchester SLT.
What types of equipment training do we offer?
There are many different types of equipment training Manchester SLT offer as part of our speech and language therapy service. Below is a list of some of them and will include the individual, carer and professional:
- How to use the device, for client, carer and professional
- Educational training for carers and professionals on different types of AAC
- Awareness of different communication methods and why AAC may be beneficial for certain individuals
- How to create a more effective communication environment
Our speech and language therapy packages aim to cover every aspect of AAC and how to incorporate the device into everyday life. We offer a supportive environment where you can learn and create new communication possibilities for your family/friends/co-workers.
What types of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) systems are there?
There are many different types of AAC communication systems available and will depend upon what type of communication difficulty as to which device an individual uses.
No-tech communication aids
No tech communication aids involve the use of the individual's body as a means of communication. No-tech communication aids include sign language, gesture and facial expressions as a means of communicating.
Low-tech communication aids
Low-tech communication aids use systems such as writing, alphabet charts and picture symbols as a tool for communicating.
High-tech communication aids
High-tech communication aids involve the use of electronic devices. High-tech communication aids provide a 'voice' for individual's via a computer software programme. High-tech communication aids include electronic symbol and keyboard systems as a means of communication.
What will equipment training involve?
Equipment training will involve teaching the individual, parents / carers and other professionals on how to use Alternative and Augmentative Communication systems effectively.
All of Manchester SLT's equipment and training packages offer a flexible delivery approach. The content, length of time and location of the training will vary depending on the specific needs and requirements of the individual or group requiring training.
Manchester SLT's sessions are practical as well as interactive, allowing the individual, parents, carers and relevant professionals to gain the most out of their training. Training sessions will be tailored to meet the specific needs and abilities of the individual or group.
How can I book an initial assessment with a speech and language therapist?
If you would like to book an appointment to see one of Manchester SLT's speech and language therapists, or would like more information or advice, then email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 0161 883 0111 and one of our dedicated speech and language therapists will be happy to help.Back to Top