I first learned AAC assessments my second year of graduate school. I was a part of the AAC evaluation team, which gave me many insights into how AAC assessments or evaluations are conducted.
Over time, my knowledge and insights into AAC assessment have grown and evolved. I am sharing my most recent recommendations and insights on AAC assessment with you, so that you can also confidently select an AAC system that has a high chance of being a successful communication method for your clients with complex communication needs.
A good way to start any AAC assessment is to get a history or background of your client. You will want to know what communication systems were used in the past and why the client or team thinks the system is not sufficient.
Note any high-tech, mid-tech, or low-tech devices, and no-tech systems used (e.g., writing, sign language, etc.).
Ask the family/caregivers about the client’s medical history, any diagnoses...