Does your child struggle with communication? Perhaps you can tell they're trying to get a message across, but they're clearly frustrated with their lack of effective communication. At South Shore Therapies, we're dedicated to helping children just like yours. We provide premier augmentative alternative communication therapies in order to better your child's ability to express themselves. Our services are available to Hingham, MA residents and those living in the surrounding communities. Your child doesn't have to struggle with communication breakdowns—our team would be glad to help find a suitable treatment plan.
Augmentative alternative communication (AAC) describes a set of strategies used to help people with speech and language disorders. Many of these people need alternate means of communication, as they cannot express themselves well verbally. AAC is an effective way to help reduce communication frustration and to promote confidence in those without verbal communication.
AAC therapy isn't one-size-fits-all. As such, we create augmentative alternative communication treatment plans unique to each individual. We typically use two different types of AAC, and each client's treatment will fall into one of these categories:
Just like there are two types of AAC, there are two kinds of devices that can effectively treat these speech disorders. Once your child completes an evaluation at South Shore Therapies, we'll suggest the best form of AAC therapy to meet their needs. Most AAC devices can be described as either "dedicated" or "non-dedicated." Let's look deeper into each of these options:
Our therapists take several steps to get your child started on the appropriate AAC therapy program. We begin with an evaluation, where we take a look at your child's current speech and language abilities and set up an individualized treatment plan. Along the way, we'll work with you and your child's other caregivers to determine the efficacy of each program. If AAC is cost-prohibitive, our team will even help you find adequate funding.
What happens during an evaluation for your child who may benefit from AAC? This is the first question we get from many parents when they visit us. At South Shore Therapies, we strive to make our evaluations, consultations, and treatment as streamlined and individualized as possible. During your child's evaluation and treatment, you can expect all of the following:
AAC therapy activities are beneficial for lots of children coming from a variety of backgrounds. At South Shore Therapies, we often recommend this type of treatment for clients living with the following conditions:
• Developmental delays
• Intellectual disabilities
• Cerebral palsy
• Brain injuries
• Various syndromes or genetic disorders
AAC therapy comes with a world of benefits to children. Not only will you be able to better communicate with your little one, but they also may see a bump in self-esteem and quality of life. Communication struggles are just that—a struggle. The team at South Shore Therapies wants to help make your child's life easier. Get in touch with us to start the evaluation process at one of our locations in the Hingham area.