Communication Solutions for People with Cerebral Palsy
If you or a family member has cerebral palsy, or if you are an education or speech professional who works with individuals with cerebral palsy, then you know how challenging communication can be. While communication needs vary from person to person, every individual has the same desire to communicate and participate in the world around them. Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) may provide the answer.
What is AAC?
AAC is a term used to describe a range of communication tools including high-tech speech-generating devices, which are often funded by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.
What if the individual is nonverbal?
If the child or adult is nonverbal, they can benefit from AAC. An AAC or speech generating device like the DynaVox V+ or Vmax+ is a communication resource that allows a person to select symbols, pictures, letters, words or phrases to generate voice output.
What if the individual has limited speech or is verbal?
These individuals can benefit from a speech-generating device to help them use more clearly communicate their messages when their speech is difficult to understand.
What if the individual cannot use his or her hands to access a device?
Many access methods exist, including eye control, head tracking, and multiple types of switches which can be attached to wheelchair headrests or other locations.
Identify Alternative Product Solutions
DynaVox offers a range of AAC devices enabling individuals with a range of disabilities to be effective communicators and to fully engage in the world around them.
Contact an SLP
A speech language pathologist who specializes in AAC will be able to perform an evaluation, determine if a device is appropriate, and make a device recommendation. In addition to your speech needs, you may also want a device to allow you to connect to the internet, talk on the telephone, or control your environment. Your SLP will take all these factors into consideration and recommend a device to meet all of your needs.
Find Your Local Sales Consultant
Your DynaVox Sales Consultant is close-by and works with you and the SLP. In addition to providing product support, your Consultant can introduce you to our other services including funding support, technical support and training.
You may qualify for speech device funding from Medicare, Medicaid or your private insurance company. Our Funding Specialists help step you through the requirements and will process and submit the paperwork.
Obtain Training on the Products
Our Accelerated Learning program offers live on-location and on-line training that will help you get the most out of your device. Recorded sessions are available for you at any time of the day or night.