Some children have challenges speaking verbally or writing effectively and would benefit from using augmentative and alternative communication devices. Our Augmentative Communication Services (ACS) General Level Clinic helps children, youth and their families find ways to communicate. The Ministry of Health Assistive Devices Program authorizes us to provide appropriate ACS services to children and youth with home based complex communication needs.
The team is made up of a Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapists and Communication Disorders Assistants all with additional training in ACS (Augmentative Communication Services). Together the team supports children, youth and their families who have communication challenges through the prescription and customization of ACS devices, training and consultation in all environments over time. For our clients on our ACS caseload who turn 19 years of age, we will continue to follow them if they have ongoing communication needs that can best be met by our service. If you have questions about your child’s or student’s communication skills and are not sure about possible next steps, the ACS Clinic offers consultation sessions. A consultation session can help answer general questions about augmentative communication or focus on a specific child or student.
How to make a referral to the ACS Clinic?
Please read the Augmentative Communication Services Clinic (ACS) Information on Services and Referral Services (Part 1) for more detailed information. The following forms must be completed:
- (Part 2) Request for Augmentative Communication Services (ACS) Clinic Referral Form
- (Part 3) Augmentative Communication Services (ACS) Guided Assessment-Daily Communication Partners Form (Must be completed and included with referral)
Once completed FAX, mail or email the forms to mball@nullCTC-CK.com.
How to request an ACS Consultation?
If you have questions about your child’s or student’s communication skills and are not sure about possible next steps, the ACS Clinic offers consultation sessions. A consultation session can help answer general questions about augmentative communication or focus on a specific child or student.
Please complete the Augmentative Communication Service Consult Request form and FAX, mail or email the form to mball@nullCTC-CK.com.
For more information on the referral process please contact the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham Kent 519-354-0520
CTC-CK ACS NEWSLETTER
The CTC-CK has launched an Augmentative Communication Services Newsletter that will be shared quarterly. To view current and past issues, please click the links below:
October 2021 – ACS Newsletter