The Hello theme for October is 'more than just words'. Often people don't realise that Speech and language therapists work with people who don't talk or have little speech. Check out http://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/ where youwillfindinformationonmethodsofcommunicationwhichcanbeusedtosupplementthemoreusualmethodsofspeechandwriting.ThesemethodsarecalledAugmentativeandAlternativeCommunication,orAACforshort.
CommunicationMattersisleadingagroundbreakingresearchprojecttogatherevidenceabouttheneedandprovisionofAAC,andisalsoinvolvedindevelopingandpublishingNationalStandardsforAACservices. We have been in touch with the project co-ordinator and will be featuring the conclusions of this project in a future edition of S & L World:the global bulletin for SLT/SLP