SAC Position Paper: The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists with Respect to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

SAC Position Paper on The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists with Respect to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

It is the position of Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) that all speech-language pathologists (S-LPs), regardless of their work settings, should have basic knowledge of the augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) tools and strategies that can support the expressive and receptive communication needs of their clients. All S-LPs should be prepared to apply their knowledge of AAC strategies in the course of assessment and intervention. S-LPs also have a responsibility to refer to specialized AAC services where required.

Recognizing that some AAC interventions involve complex technology and require access to specialists, SAC advocates for ready access across Canada to specialized, interprofessional AAC services in order to ensure that all clients, regardless of the complexity of their needs, are well served.

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