Augmentative Communication (CAST)

Who We Are

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a set of tools and strategies that an individual uses to solve everyday communicative challenges. For individuals who use AAC on an extended basis, a team of professionals: Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Communication Disorders Assistants, and Program Assistant for equipment processing, all with additional training in AAC – work together in the process of designing, selecting, customizing, training and supporting AAC systems over time.  At Niagara Children’s Centre, the name of the AAC clinic is CAST, which is short form for Communication Assessment and Support Team.  CAST is designated as an expanded level clinic with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Assistive Devices Program.

Services

CAST provides augmentative communication services for individuals who do not have functional speech or handwriting due to a physical disability.  Services include assessment for augmentative communication devices, access to Ministry of Health and Long Term Care-Assistive Devices funding, consultation and follow-up in the client’s environment.   CAST also promotes AAC through education for the community.

Groups

On occasion CAST runs some specialty training sessions or child participation groups to practice AAC strategies. Please refer to our event schedule for any upcoming sessions.

Contact and Referrals

Call intake at  (905) 688-1890 ext 110

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Resources and Links

  • FAQ about AAC

    Here is a helpful article by Cynthia Cress answering common questions about when and why to use AAC with children.
  • AAC Myths & FAQ's

    Some common myths and FAQ's about AAC

Upcoming Events

  • ACSD and SSAH Application Drop In - March

    March 8 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

     Wednesday, January 11, 2017 11:30-1:30 pm in the Presentation Room… More >