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AAC Systems & Programs

Our AAC program is dedicated to empowering children who have limited verbal communication abilities. We offer a range of AAC options, from low-tech solutions like picture boards to high-tech speech-generating devices, based on individual needs and capabilities. Our comprehensive assessment process ensures the selection of the most appropriate AAC system for each child, considering factors like motor skills, cognitive level, and communication goals.

We provide extensive training and ongoing support for both children and their families, ensuring effective use of AAC systems in daily communication. Our therapists also collaborate with educators and other professionals involved in the child’s care to facilitate consistent use of AAC across all environments. Our goal is to enhance communication independence, allowing children to express their thoughts and needs effectively and participate more fully in their communities.

At LEAP Centre, we understand the importance of communication for individuals of all ages and abilities. For those who face challenges with speech or language, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) provides a vital means of expression and connection with the world. Our AAC support services are designed to empower individuals with diverse communication needs, offering tailored solutions that enable them to communicate effectively, participate in daily activities, and engage with their peers and communities.

Understanding Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

AAC encompasses a wide range of strategies and tools that supplement or replace spoken communication. It is used by individuals who have difficulty speaking, understanding spoken language, or producing clear speech due to various conditions such as autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, genetic conditions, intellectual disabilities, or acquired communication disorders. AAC can take many forms, including Sign Language and Gestures, High-tech devices (such as iPads, communication systems, and eye-gaze software), and low-tech AAC tools.

At LEAP Centre, our AAC support services are centred around the individual, with a focus on enhancing communication skills, independence, and quality of life. We offer a comprehensive range of AAC solutions tailored to meet the unique needs and preferences of each client.

Our AAC journey begins with a thorough assessment and evaluation process conducted by our experienced speech pathologists alongside AAC specialists. This process involves gathering information about the individual’s communication abilities, preferences, and goals, as well as assessing their motor, cognitive, and sensory skills. The assessment helps us determine the most suitable AAC tools and strategies for the individual’s needs.

Based on the assessment findings, we develop individualised AAC intervention plans that outline specific goals, strategies, and AAC tools tailored to the individual’s communication needs and abilities. Our interventions may include:

We provide comprehensive training and support to individuals, families, caregivers, and educators on how to effectively implement and support AAC use in various settings. This includes instruction on AAC device operation, vocabulary programming, communication partner strategies, and promoting language development through AAC.

We offer AAC device trials and support individuals in selecting, acquiring, and using AAC devices that best meet their communication needs and preferences. Our team provides guidance on device selection, customisation, and integration into daily routines, ensuring optimal communication outcomes.

At LEAP Centre, we believe in the power of collaboration and advocacy to ensure that individuals with complex communication needs have access to the supports and resources they require. We work closely with families, schools, healthcare professionals, and community organisations to advocate for inclusive communication environments and promote AAC awareness and acceptance.

The impact of our AAC support services at LEAP Centre extends far beyond improved communication skills. Individuals who access AAC support experience increased independence, confidence, and social participation. AAC enables them to express their thoughts, feelings, and needs, participate in educational and social activities, and build meaningful relationships with others.

Choosing LEAP Centre for AAC support means choosing a team of dedicated professionals who are committed to empowering individuals with complex communication needs. Our child-centred approach, evidence-based interventions, and collaborative ethos set us apart. We are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and families affected by communication challenges, and we are here to provide the support and resources needed to help them thrive.

AAC support plays a crucial role in enhancing communication and quality of life for children with complex communication needs. At LEAP Centre, we are proud to offer comprehensive AAC support services that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each child. If your child could benefit from AAC support, we invite you to contact us and take the first step towards unlocking the power of communication.

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Frequently Asked Question

What services do you offer?

We offer a comprehensive range of therapy services, including occupational therapyspeech therapy, and physiotherapy. Each service is tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients, ranging from developmental therapies for children to rehabilitation and support for adults. We also offer programs such as group sessions, individual sessions, and intensive therapy blocks.

If you or your family member is facing challenges with speech, mobility, daily activities, or other areas of physical and cognitive function, therapy might be beneficial. We recommend scheduling a consultation with our specialists for a professional assessment and personalised recommendations. Please submit your enquiry form to book the consultation. 

Our clinic provides services for all age groups. We have specialised programs for children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly, ensuring age-appropriate and effective therapy for every client.

Therapy sessions are scheduled based on the individual needs and availability of our clients. Each session typically consists of 45 minutes of direct therapy followed by client/family feedback and therapist documentation/planning.

Our therapists are highly qualified and licensed professionals. They hold degrees in their respective fields and have undergone extensive training and certification. Continuous education is a priority for our team, ensuring we stay updated with the latest therapy techniques and research.

Yes, we actively collaborate with schools, physicians, and other healthcare providers to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated approach to our clients’ care. This multidisciplinary collaboration is essential for holistic treatment planning and effective outcomes. Contact us to collaborate with us! 

Our approach is client-centered, evidence-based, and holistic. We focus on understanding each client’s unique needs and goals, and we tailor our therapy plans accordingly. We emphasise a collaborative approach involving the client, their family, and other professionals as needed.

We accept NDIS funding, private health, medicare, and private pay. For all NDIS self-managed or private paying clients, payment is required on the day of your session. Our administrative team can assist you in understanding your benefits and navigating the billing process. Give us a call or submit an enquiry form to find out more! 

Yes we do! In addition to clinic-based sessions, we also offer therapy in the home, daycare settings, or at schools. Sessions outside of the clinic incur a travel fee consistent with the NDIS travel rate guide. Give us a call or submit an enquiry form to find out more! 

We welcome and value your feedback. You can provide feedback directly to your therapist, through our reception, or by emailing We are committed to continuous improvement and take your insights seriously.

Absolutely. We understand the importance of a good therapist-client match and will facilitate a change if needed to ensure the best therapeutic experience and outcome.

Getting started is easy. Simply contact us via phone, email, or our website to schedule an initial consultation. During this session, we will discuss your needs and create a personalised therapy plan.

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