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Assistive and Augmentative Communication

Augmentative/Alternative Communication is the use of technology to support, enhance and supplement the communication of individuals who are not independent verbal communicators in all situations. This service is for patients who have been diagnosed with a neurological condition and have difficulty communicating verbally. The process is most effective for patients who are approximately one year post onset.

Common Diagnoses

  • Progressive Neurological Diseases (ALS, Parkinson’s and other neuromuscular conditions)
  • Late Effects of CVA (Stroke)
  • Late Effects of traumatic brain injury

Program Features/Requirements

  • By physician order only (Must have  a prescription for: Augmentative/Alternative Communication evaluation and Assistive Technology/Occupational Therapy evaluation)
  • Must have family support
  • Insurance most often funds the initial evaluation
  • Initial evaluations are approximately one hour and scheduled by appointment (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Evaluation by Speech Language Pathologist
  • Medicare pays 80% in purchase of recommended device
  • Secondary insurers may cover remaining 20% not covered by Medicare
  • TennCare is negotiable