augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)

Helping children learn new ways to communicate.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Our speech & language therapists are experts in helping parents find the right AAC solution for their child.

Our team of speech & language therapists are experts in the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. We specialize in helping children learn and use AAC systems when verbal communication is limited.

What is Augmentative and Alternative Communication?

Augmentative and Alternative Communication, commonly referred to as simply AAC, refers to other forms of communication besides talking. Augmentative communication means something is used to add to someone’s speech. Alternative communication is where something is used to communicate instead of speech.

AAC can have many forms. For example, it could refer to communication methods such as pointing, writing, gestures, and facial expressions. High-tech augmentative communication options include using a speech-generating device, in which a computer provides the "voice" or using an app on an iPad or tablet to communicate. Sometimes AAC is only a temporary solution and sometimes it is more long-term.

How can we help?

If your child is struggling to communicate verbally, an AAC solution may be the right choice. Our team of speech & language therapists have years of experience helping children learn how to properly use all forms of AAC.

At the Achieve Center, we know how to:
  • Select the best and most appropriate AAC system for your child.
  • Train your child to use his or her AAC device.
  • Show you how to maximize the use of your device and keep it updated and maintained.
  • Help you get your device. We have relationships with several different manufacturers and can help you expedite the process of getting a device.
  • Assist you in completing the necessary paperwork to get your device approved and paid for by your insurance company or Medicaid.

We know that learning to use an AAC device can be a real gamechanger for your child, and we're here and ready to make it happen. Give us a call today or click below to get started.

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If you have any concerns about your child's development, contact your primary care physician about a referral or contact us directly:
Spokane: 509-435-0481 Moses Lake: 509-707-0336 Kennewick: 509-619-7397 Wenatchee: 509-888-2505 refer a patient testimonials

When we received a personal reference to the Achieve Center, I had no idea it would be so great! There is experience, education, and hard work. My son could not have a better therapist and support for all that it takes to work with him.

I personally have experienced the growth and achievement that my son has done with the caring people at the Achieve Center! Wonderful people, great staff, and the caring touch a parent can count on!

The Achieve Center has made a huge difference in the outcome and success of my son. He looks forward to attending therapy every week and loves to see his therapist. It’s nice to have all his therapy together and they work around our schedule. The Achieve Center is the best therapy in town.

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11703 E Sprague Ave, Ste. C-3
Spokane Valley, WA 99206

Phone: (509) 435-0481 | Fax: (509) 435-0485

2323 W. Broadway Ave., Ste. 3
Moses Lake, WA 98837

Phone: (509) 707-0336 | Fax: (509) 707-0341

1500 S. Mission St.
Wenatchee, WA 98801

Phone: (509) 888-2505 | Fax: (509) 888-2507

7203 W. Deschutes Ave., Ste. A
Kennewick, WA 99336

Phone: (509) 619-7397 | Fax: (866) 798-0203

1200 N 14th Ave, Ste 295
Pasco, WA 99301

Phone: (509) 619-7397 | Fax: (866) 798-0203