AAC options for MND

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is an important clinical intervention for many people with motor neurone disease (MND).

This information is for health and social care professionals working with people with MND. It provides suggestions for best practice in AAC provision, and where to find more information.

Every person with MND is an individual and the condition affects them in different ways. However, it is helpful to look at AAC suitability and use according to three key factors that are particularly relevant to communication and participation in MND:

  • speech
  • hand function
  • mobility.

This is the basis of Yorkston et al’s (1995) ALS functional capabilities model (see Assessing people with MND for AAC).

Options to explore

New technologies

In recent years there have been four significant developments in MND-related AAC:

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If you would like more information about AAC, please contact our Communication Aids Coordinator or our MND Connect helpline.

For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

mndconnect 0808 802 6262