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The Evolution of our Assessment Pathway

Session 
6.05
Practice Report
  • Heather Bovingdon (Kent & Medway CAT Service)
  • Nicole Tumber (Kent & Medway CAT Service)
  • Debbie Bailey (Kent & Medway CAT Service)
Summary

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.

Method/Activities/Techniques

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.

Results/Findings

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.

Conclusions

Ongoing training and support of the local spoke therapists ensures better outcomes for children and young people.

Level of Session 
General
Age Group 
Child
Adolescent
Interest 
Primary school
Secondary school
Special school
Further/Higher Ed.