DMG CRS offers augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for our patients and community members. The AAC program assists referred pediatric patients who are non-speaking or whose speech is severely impaired. Most major insurance is accepted, including AHCCCS and commercial insurances.
What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication?
AAC includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. Speech generating devices (SGDs) are used to bypass or supplement oral communication.
Our AAC team, consisting of a speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist and physical therapist, will conduct a comprehensive, state-of-the-art evaluation to determine the medical necessity of a communication device. The team will also complete follow-up and training services based on the language goals specific to the individual’s needs.