This presentation will reflect upon the development and evolution of the assessment process of the the Kent & Medway Communication and Assistive Technology Service for children and young people. As the Service is able to support them beyond assessment, the team see assessment as having a broader scope. This involves getting into the classroom to ensure effective implementation of AAC and curriculum access.
Ongoing involvement from a multi-disciplinary team ensures staff and families supporting children and young people with a new VOCA are confident to support them to achieve maximum functional use of the VOCA.
More in depth information provided at the start of the assessment pathway ensures a better outcome for the client. The skill mix between SLT, OT and Teacher at assessment ensures a more robust decision on the appropriate vocabulary package.
Ongoing training and support of the local spoke therapists ensures better outcomes for children and young people.