Assessing people with MND for AAC

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.

As a key principle, an AAC assessment should be based on the needs and abilities of the person with MND and not, for example, on whether or not they can use a particular AAC device. There are currently no formal or published assessments specifically for AAC use by people with MND. However, the following key areas are suggested as best practice for establishing an individual’s AAC requirements.

The core features of an AAC needs assessment for a person with MND include:

Assessment frameworks

In the absence of any formal AAC assessments for people with MND, consider the use of published frameworks/models to guide the assessment process:

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