deborah bell • AAC Specialist • ma/ccc
I am a California Licensed Speech Pathologist providing assessment and treatment for individuals with Complex Communication Needs (CCN) in the Santa Cruz, Salinas and Monterey Bay area. My specialty is Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) for children and adults with severe speech impairments.
I seek to provide greater access to functional communication for individuals with limited ability to speak. I apply my many years of experience in the field of speech pathology, particularly the area of AAC with emphasis on human development, advocacy and developmental disabilities. I practice speech pathology to facilitate more independent living, enhanced quality of life, improved functional skills as well as better and safer care of people with developmental disabilities, specifically persons with CCN via use of alternative communication systems. My familiarity with applicable funding policies and my ability to navigate the various funding mechanisms often used to pay for AAC equipment and specialized services are of significant benefit to the consumer and their families.
Please contact me to set up a private consultation in order to talk about the suitability of AAC strategies and equipment.