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Augmentative Alternative Communication Clinic

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:

Late Effects of CVA (Stroke)
Late Effects of traumatic brain injury

Program Features/Requirements:

By physician order only (Need to send a prescription for Augmentative/Alternative Communication 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

Physician Consults with Therapist:
Mary Margaret Preston, MA, CCC-SLP
Clinical Specialist
(865) 331-2316
mmpresto@covhlth.com