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The AAC Day Out

The AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) Day Out offers kids and teenagers the opportunity to enhance their communications skills through the functional use of their AAC system.

The program provides a motivating, enjoyable and social group environment for participants to model and observe the use of AAC devices in different scenarios and environments. Kids and teens develop specific skills training for the AAC user and their communication partners in a group setting.

Who is this program suitable for? 
  • Children and teenagers ages 6-17 years 
  • Who use an AAC system 
  • Looking to improve the functional use of their AAC system
What does this program involve?
  • A range of fun activities suited to individuals’ interests, ages and skill level.
  • Activities include baking, gardening and games.
  • The last day of the program will be held out in the community where participants will have the opportunity to apply their AAC skills outside of the therapy environment.
What are the expected outcomes? 
  • Improve AAC competencies including:

    • Linguistic – learning and using language skills.
    • Operational – operating and using the AAC system.
    • Social – using communication for social purpose.
    • Strategic – repairing communication breakdowns.

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This service is available at

Cerebral Palsy Alliance Port Macquarie centre

Port Macquarie centre

77 Lake Rd, Port Macquarie NSW 2444
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This service can be funded by your NDIS package

  • Capacity Building - Improved Daily Living (Category 15)

Frequently asked questions

Infants 12 months or younger are eligible if they have the following:

  • Clinical history indicating risk for cerebral palsy

Risk factors include (but not limited to) prematurity, birth defects, genetic conditions, intrauterine growth restriction, hypoxia-ischaemia, seizures, neonatal stroke, infection

  • Abnormal neuroimaging-MRI or Cranial Ultrasound (CUS) indicative of possible motor impairment
  • Motor dysfunction


This might include abnormal General Movements, very low scores on standardised assessment (e.g. below 10th percentile on AIMS), poor head control after 3 months, hand asymmetry after 4 months, not able to take weight through feet after 5 months, not sitting at 9 months.

Priority will be given to infants who have not previously seen a neurologist.

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