One Kids Place is a designated Augmentative and Alternative Clinic (AAC) as defined by the Assistive Devices Program by 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.