What is augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)?
AAC is any tool that allows individuals to express thoughts, wants and needs, feelings, and ideas. This includes picture communication boards, speech-generating devices, and tangible objects. AAC is augmentative when used to supplement existing speech, and alternative when used in place of speech that is absent or not functional.
At Technology Voices, our mantra is “presume potential.” Everyone has something to say and everyone can learn. We are dedicated to finding the technology tools needed for individuals to communicate and participate at every level. Communication happens everywhere! We know every person’s communication needs are unique and our practice focuses on assisting the individual and their circle of support team across environments. This is why we offer specialized AAC services at home and also in the community. We also work on a coaching model: our specialists empower families and other professionals to support AAC users in their daily routines and life.
FOUNDER / SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST, SPECIALIZING IN AAC
Tiffany Rezvani, M.A., CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist with specialized experience working with children and adults who have complex communication needs. Tiffany has served the communication needs of individuals ages 2 to 80 with a variety of diagnoses including cerebral palsy, autism, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), developmental delays, Down Syndrome, visual impairment, hearing impairment, and others. She previously worked as the speech-language pathologist for the Assistive Technology Exchange Center (ATEC), a program of Goodwill of Orange County, where she served families connected to the Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center.
Her clinical expertise is in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). Working closely with families and other professionals including other speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, behavior consultants, and day program staff, Tiffany identifies appropriate communication technology tools to meet each person’s specific needs. She provides training and programming support to the individual and their circle of support members through a coaching model, in order to ensure ongoing success and maximize their potential outside of sessions.
evidence -based practices and techniques
Tiffany prides herself on staying current with evidence-based practices and techniques. She has attended the following professional trainings to date: Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Pragmatic Organized Dynamic Display (PODD), as well as the Closing the Gap and AAC in the Cloud Conferences in 2018. Tiffany has extensive knowledge of a variety of communication technology tools from low-tech to high-tech. This includes iPad applications such as Proloquo2go, LAMP Words for Life, TouchChat HD with WordPower, Snap + Core First, Proloquo4text, GoTalk NOW, and more. She also has command of communication tools for individuals with complex bodies and those who require alternate access methods including eye-gaze technology, partner-assisted scanning, and switch-scanning. Tiffany has worked with various vendors including Tobii Dynavox, Saltillo, Prentke-Romich Company (PRC), AbleNet, Talk To Me Technologies, and others.
Tiffany graduated with provost honors with bachelor’s degrees in linguistics and international studies from the University of California, San Diego; she graduated summa cum laude with her master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from California State University, Los Angeles. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is currently licensed to practice in the state of California. Tiffany is also a member of ASHA Special Member Group (SIG) 12 on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), as well as the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). She is proficient in Spanish and Farsi.
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