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  • ATtherapy | Assistive Technology and Augmentative and Alternative Communication consultants
    therapists are all highly experienced and are all members of the Health Professional Council HPC and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists RCSLT who define the professional standards we follow We are based in Manchester and work across the North West of England Services We offer highly specialist services within the area of assistive technology AT and Alternative Augmentative Communication AAC We are dedicated training partners of Smartbox

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  • ATtherapy | Our Team
    school for children with a physical disability in Rochdale Over the years I have gained specialist skills in the area of augmentative and alternative communication AAC and working predominantly with children aged 0 19 with a wide variety of individual needs Read more about Hayley Andrea McGuinness Specialist Speech and Language Therapist AAC Since qualifying as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1993 I have held a number of posts These have included working for NHS trusts schools in the public and independent sector employment in the third sector and in higher education All have included working with a wide range of individuals to aid in the development of their communication skills Read more about Andrea Jill Nagle Speech and Language Therapy Assistant I joined the NHS Speech and Language Therapy dept in 1997 when my youngest of four children had started at Nursery He and his older brother had both previously been referred to Speech and Language Therapy one for voice disorder and one for stammering and the advice I had been given was invaluable Read more about Jill Andy Banns Assistive Technologist I qualified with a BSc BA Hons degree in Psychology with Linguistics in 2000 from the

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  • ATtherapy | Services
    potential services offered Individual assessment of assistive technology needs 1 1 therapy sessions Written reports Programmes of intervention to individuals families and settings Training for families and professionals Review consultations and liaison with significant others Working with organisations We are able to offer specific expertise in the area of assistive technology and AAC This would be for establishments that support people with complex physical and or communication difficulties including autistic

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  • ATtherapy | Training
    are the only UK company that are able to provide LAMP training In 2011 we trained with the US team and are now in the process of implementing this across the UK Language Acquisition through Motor Planning LAMP is a therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principles The goal is to give individuals who are nonverbal or have limited verbal abilities a method of independently and spontaneously expressing

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  • ATtherapy | Frequently Asked Questions
    people s he meets each day is a big part of life and not just with adults but with children of her own age Speaking to new people and sharing interests helps us to make new friends become more confident and increases our self esteem How long does AAC take to work Learning to use AAC can be an extremely challenging task Some systems are quicker than others and all require ongoing support Learning to actually operate a system can be fairly straightforward It is the ongoing development in terms of engaging in conversation that takes time The best way to learn any system from use of symbols to say a single word through to use of an electronic device to talk in sentences is to have lots of opportunities to use it and to see others using it Allowing a child to explore to teach to practice and to build confidence are all stages required for successful communication We don t put a time limit on learning AAC Often as soon as a child has mastered one competence we move onto the next Communication is for life and people using AAC never stop learning how to express themselves with increasing fluency and confidence We need to make sure that any system we teach is for the long term and we know where the next steps are and the system can grow and develop without the child needing to relearn a new system when the outgrow the last How can I get support Help and support is vital in developing an AAC system Local support varies from area to area so always check out local services to see what is available to you For a young child this may be Portage or Early Support teams Speech and Language Therapists are employed by NHS Trusts to support people of all ages with communication impairment Nurseries and schools can also point you in the right direction There are also independent Speech and Language Therapy services available to help Check the Speech and Language Therapist is experienced using and introducing AAC Find an independent speech and language therapist on www helpwithtalking com Parents often say they don t know where to start The best advice is start as you mean to go on as a team Team meetings regarding your child are beneficial to the child family and professionals involved in your child s care Team input can ensure that everyone can discuss and perhaps set goals with your child s best interest at heart Different people will bring different knowledge and skills to the table Parents and carers should be involved at every step of the way from identifying an AAC system through to everyday use in the child s environments from school to home to social clubs and other appropriate environments For a child using a VOCA help and support is also available from companies that supply the VOCA who also have expertise to offer in terms of the equipment itself

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  • ATtherapy | Case Studies
    access the computer and a voice output communication aid in the future The future is very exciting for Kit As he develops his eye gaze skills switching skills and his use of the vocabulary in his communication book he will be able to access technology for communication written work environmental control accessing the internet the list is endless ATtherapy are very excited about supporting Kit in the use of technology to make sure Kit achieves his huge potential Neva Neva was referred to ATtherapy in 2013 when she was six years old Neva is a happy young lady who has a diagnosis of quadriplegic cerebral palsy severe global developmental delay seizures and no verbal communication Neva uses a wheelchair and is dependent upon adults for all aspects of her care She cannot eat or drink orally and receives all of her nutrition through a gastrostomy tube Neva attends a special school in the North West of England Upon initial assessment it was evident that Neva would find verbal communication an extreme challenge and ATtherapy had to consider how we would support her to build up her communication skills using alternative methods Neva certainly had a lot to say and could get her message across by using her facial expression and body language but it was clear that this would not be enough of a system for her She was able to express a basic choice between two items and would do this by looking at the one she wanted She was however extremely distractible and it was not always easy to read her intention The first step in developing Neve s communication skills was filling in some gaps she had with her very early communication skills This included improving her attention anticipation and ability to look and reach for what

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  • ATtherapy | Testimonials
    it properly and effectively Many thanks Melissa Many thanks for the training yesterday the staff are really inspired Kath Parent Client Testimonials A professional service with a very human touch Read the full testimonial Andrea has been quickly available on email phone and Andrea attended an MDT meeting not knowing anybody or even knowing our son and she contributed significantly appropriately and was such a help to have there as

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  • ATtherapy | Contact Us
    If you have any questions or would like to discuss an assessment or therapy please call us on 0161 494 6489 Alternatively please feel free to fill out this form and one of the team will contact you Name Postcode

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