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The Communication SCAMP Clinic at Chailey Heritage Clinical Services

Practice Report
  • Hilary Eggleston
  • Rachel Pennell

The choice of your GCSE subjects is a tense time in any teenager's life – but imagine the problems when English is not your first language, you have no intelligible speech and no form of augmentative communication. These were the problems facing a teenager in a mainstream school who was referred to the Communication SCAMP clinic (Switch Communication and Mobility Potential Assessment). This service assesses any young person with complex needs, including physical, sensory and/or learning disabilities, who requires a specific assessment for AAC. It is focused around their own environment, including school, home, and social clubs.

This session will give examples of the assessment, outreach and training offered in a Communication SCAMP, including the benefits and difficulties encountered, and will consider the awareness of AAC within the general community.