AAC References

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. The following references contain applied content addressing AAC use by people with MND.

While we have searched the main databases, this is not an exhaustive literature search and is purposefully selective. It is likely that other literature is available. If you know of a resource that would be useful for this list, please send your suggestions to Steven Bloch.

Please note, this list is not designed to cover the wider range of MND speech and swallowing management literature.

The above references have been compiled by:

  • Dr Steven Bloch, University College London, UK
  • Helen Paterson, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, London, UK
  • Professor Kathy Yorkston, University of Washington, Seattle, US

Guideline production

These guidelines have been produced and reviewed by a core group:

  • Dr Steven Bloch (Chair) – Speech and Language Therapist/Senior Lecturer, University College London
  • Gary Derwent – Occupational Therapist and Director, Compass Electronic Assistive Technology Service, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Putney, London
  • Jane Evans – MND Association Regional Care Development Adviser, Sheffield
  • Julia Johnson – Clinical Specialist, Speech and Language Therapy, King’s College Hospital, London
  • Helen Paterson – Advanced Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Compass Electronic Assistive Technology Service, Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Putney, London

The group is extremely grateful to the wider group of clinicians and suppliers who commented on earlier drafts of these guidelines, and also to the MND Association for supporting the guideline development and dissemination.

Thank you to the following for undertaking peer review:

  • Catherine Harris, Independent Speech and Language Therapist and Chair of Communication Matters

Guideline review

These guidelines were originally based on current best practice in 2012 and have been updated in April 2016. They will be reviewed every three years but if you have any information that you feel is worth adding then please contact Steven Bloch.

Please note, the guidelines are not designed to offer advice on individual products or services. For this reason we do not refer to, or list, products except as general examples. Where examples are given, these should not be treated as endorsements.

For UK product information, please refer to Communication Matters.

Find out more

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