Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is an important clinical intervention for many people with motor neurone disease (MND).
These best practice suggestions are primarily designed for non-AAC specialist health and social care professionals working to support the communication needs of people with MND. This may include speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and rehabilitation engineers, as well as those with a key worker role.
In recognising the complexity of both communication in MND and the selection of appropriate AAC solutions, the suggestions in this section have been produced by a group of health and social care professionals to provide a clear and relevant overview of best practice. The guidance is informed by research evidence, where available, but is largely based on extensive clinical experience in a range of UK health and social care settings.
The guidelines do not replace statutory professional training and do not exist to recommend or promote individual AAC products. Managing communication in MND is a complex process and these AAC suggestions should only be taken as one part of the wider intervention process.
These guidelines are accompanied by the AAC Pathway for MND. This document identifies the steps involved in AAC provision in England.
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If there are any concerns or problems accessing communication aids, people living with MND, professionals and volunteers should contact our communication aids coordinator.