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Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders 

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Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is an area of clinical practice in Speech-Language Pathology which services individuals with severe communication disorders for whom gestural, speech and/or written communication is temporarily or permanently inadequate to meet their communicative needs. People who use or need to have access to AAC come from all age groups and present with either congenital or acquired impairments.

Comprehensive augmentative communication evaluations using low and high tech systems are provided for individuals with complex communication impairments. Individuals are evaluated using a variety of techniques to determine an appropriate, individualized communication system. Particular attention is given to each individual's physical, cognitive and linguistic status. Assistance in obtaining recommended systems, adaptive equipment and funding (including Medicaid & Medicare) is provided.

Therapeutic intervention for individuals using either high or low-tech augmentative communication systems is provided. Training in the uses of an AAC systems is provided with particular focus on integrating use of AAC systems into natural environments, enhancing spontaneous use of systems and using AAC systems in social contexts. Parent/caregiver training is also available as needed.

In addition to offering regular evaluation and treatment for individuals who need AAC, the Mysak Clinic also offers Communicamp each summer. Communicamp is a mini-camp for children between the ages of 6 and 16 who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). For more information on this camp, please click here. For an application, please click here. 

Please note that the Mysak Clinic does not accept insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. Clients who receive therapy at the Mysak Clinic are responsible for payment. The Mysak Clinic offers a sliding fee scale for those individuals who cannot afford the full cost of therapy.

To learn more about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) please click here.