I'm a Parent/Caregiver or Potential Device User
Are you or a loved one challenged by a condition that prevents you from using natural speech to communicate? The inability to communicate can prevent us from expressing basic needs and limits our ability to participate in the world. It can also prevent children from learning. For these individuals, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) may provide the answer.
What is AAC?
AAC is a term used to describe a range of communication tools - from low-tech print-based communication boards to high-tech speech-generating devices, which are often funded by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance.
Is a communication device appropriate for my loved one?
- Does the individual have difficulty expressing their wants, needs or thoughts in one or more environments?
- Do you or others need to have background knowledge or ask multiple questions to understand what that person is saying?
- Does the individual become frustrated or give up when attempting to communicate?
- Does the individual understand more than they are able to express?
Who can help determine if a speech-generating device will provide a solution?
A speech language pathologist (SLP) knowledgeable in AAC is the professional to consult. They will be able to perform an evaluation to determine if a speech-generating device is appropriate and which device will best meet the specific needs of the communicator.
Find Your Local Sales Consultant
Your DynaVox Sales Consultant is close-by and works with you and your speech language pathologist. If you don't have an SLP, your Dynavox consultant can recommend one knowledgeable in AAC. He or she will lend their device expertise to your SLP to help with product selection and evaluations. Your Consultant can also introduce you to other DynaVox services including funding support, technical support and training.
You will likely qualify for speech device funding from Medicare, Medicaid or your private insurance. Our funding specialists help step you through the requirements and will process and submit the paperwork.
Obtain Training on the Products
Our support does not end when you receive your DynaVox device. Our Accelerated Learning program offers on-location and on-line training programs that will help you get the most out of your device.