Adult Newsletter 16 - The AAC Needs Assessment: A Great Place to Start

In order to successfully implement any AAC device, it is necessary to first identify the needs and strengths of the individual. The most effective way to gather this type of information is to complete a needs assessment. A needs assessment will provide a thorough overview of an individual’s communication needs (e.g., current communication partners, social activities, etc.) and challenges (e.g., telephone, large group, etc.) across environments. The goal of the needs assessment is to gather information about those things are important and meaningful to the AAC user and their family. This assessment can be used for both the initial assessment and as an ongoing treatment tool.

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