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Herefordshire Paediatric AAC Service

Service
Area covered 

Herefordshire

Population served 

School age 5-16 (5-19 in special schools).

Scale 

Current High-Tech caseload: 6 active; 2 under assessment.

Services provided 
  • Assessment
  • Trial loan
  • Provision of high-tech VOCAs
  • Ongoing support and monitoring
  • Training for school staff and parents
Staffing 

Low-tech AAC support: Speech & Language Therapy Service; Access & Improvement Teams (Specialist teachers for physical and sensory needs, social communication & ASC, learning and behaviour difficulties); Kite Centre teams (including Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, community nurses for children with learning difficulties, Psychology)

High Tech AAC team: 1 Specialist advisory teacher for PD & AAC; 1 Specialist S&LT (AAC); Paediatric OT and physiotherapy teams

Funded by 

Herefordshire Council Children & Young People’s Directorate; Herefordshire NHS PCT

Permanent or project 

Permanent

Referral process 
  • Open referral to S&LT service (with parental consent)
  • S&LT service uses West Midlands AAC care pathway as required
  • Internal referral form in use to refer to high-tech AAC team