One Kids Place is a designated General Level Clinic as defined by the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication Is:

  • A service to help children/youth who are unable to meet their functional face-to-face communication needs through speech alone.
  • A service to help children/youth who are unable to meet their functional written communication needs.
  • Any communication approach designed to support or augment an individual’s communication output (i.e pictures, gestures, communication devices, tablets, computers, modified keyboards and mice etc.).
  • A team that works in a consultative model with community partners and school staff to meet the communication goals of the child/youth and their families in their natural environments.
  • A service that can assist if you have concerns for your child in some of the following areas:
  • Lack of verbal communication skills
  • Limited speech or difficult to understand: severe articulation or sound production difficulty
  • Lack of written output for academic achievement

 

The AAC Team:

The AAC Team consist of a Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, and Communicative Disorders Assistant.  The AAC Team is transdisciplinary in that the professionals work in collaboration. The primary therapist will be an Occupational Therapist or a Speech Language Pathologist.

 

AAC Services include:

  • Assessment, and goal setting for children/youth and their families
  • Consultation based intervention for children/youth, their families and educators
  • Training to communication partners in specialized communication strategies and/or systems
  • ADP prescription for those who need devices
  • Lending library for families and community partners

 

Referral to AAC services:

  • Call: One Kids Place: 1-866-626-9100 You will be given a date and time for a full intake from OKP Central Intake service
  • Download the Face-to-Face Referral Form for clients who need support for face-to-face communication or the Writing Aids Referral form for clients who are verbal but need support with written communication. Complete form and mail or fax to One Kids Place
  • Third party referrals with parent/guardian signature are accepted

 

AAC PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

  • Children who reside within the Districts of Muskoka, Nipissing, and Parry Sound
  • Child/youth must present with a physical, developmental or communication disability
  • Children/youth up to 19 years of age or 21 if they are attending secondary school
  • The child/youth must identify a primary facilitator (i.e. teacher, parent, educational assistant) for ongoing program support.