The child’s parent along with any other interested individuals (e.g. school professionals, private therapists, family and friends) are eligible to attend up to 4 virtual appointments per year with AAC Clinic staff.
The goal of these appointments is to provide advice and guidance to expand the child’s use of AAC using tools available to the child. At least one goal and goal achievement strategies will be provided at each appointment. Resources (e.g. handouts, symbols to try) may also be provide to assist with achieving the suggested goals.
The parent must be present at all sessions. It is the responsibility of the parent contact the clinic to schedule these appointments.
Some children in the Consult Stream may be prescribed a low-technology device or no-technology paper-based symbol system (i.e. graphic display) through the Assistive Device Program. In-person appointments may be added to the service delivery model. If these children have stable communication needs (i.e. the tools and strategies are expected to meet the child’s needs for a long period of time, they will remain in the Consult Stream.
Children may move to the AAC Clinic Stream when they meet eligibility requirements.
Note: children currently receiving services from a Niagara Children’s Centre School or Early Years Niagara Children’s Centre Speech-Language Pathologist will receive Consult Stream services within their existing therapy sessions at a maximum frequency of once per month. The service may be provided by AAC Clinic staff or other Niagara Children’s Centre Speech-Language Pathologists or Occupational Therapists with expertise in AAC.