ICAN™ Talk Clinics of the
Serving individuals with complex communication disabilities across the life span.
Serving individuals with complex
Our trained speech-language pathologists provide clinical services, training and support to those who need it most from infancy to adulthood.
We specialize in providing professional services to individuals who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems.
Who We Are
We are a not-for-profit, charitable organization dedicated to the most effective communication for people who rely on AAC.
The two most important values expressed by peo-ple
who rely on AAC are:
AAC services must honor these values of people who use AAC and their families. Achieving the goal of AAC (optimal communication & maxi-mum potential) is best accomplished when the principles of evidence-based practice and per-formance measurement are used.
You can’t claim success unless you measure it!
Individuals with severe communication disabilities can lead full, productive lives with the help of an AAC system and support from trained clinicians.
ICAN™ Talk Clinics are designed to meet the unique needs of our clients.
Services from expert clinicians at the AAC Institute are tailored to each clients’ prefer-ences and lifestyle.
We can assist you in selecting an AAC system, securing fund-ing for a Speech Generating Device (SGD), and providing intervention services to help you achieve your highest potential and overcome barriers to effective communication.
Our patients include children and adults with
a wide range of disabilities. They include, but are not limited
* People with severe communication disorders or who cannot speak, their families and friends
* Professionals and Educators
* Researchers and Developers
What We Do
ICAN™ Talk clinicians provide innovative,
comprehensive, family and community-based services to meet the
complex communication needs of individuals across the life span.
Language Activity Monitoring (LAM) tools are routinely used by clinicians at the ICAN Talk Clinics to support your treatment. LAM tools allow users and families to track progress and success! Read more at LAM on our Web site, www.aacinstitute.org.
The goal of AAC is to allow individuals to achieve optimal communication and reach their maximum potential.
More About Us
Here are some of our dedicated professionals.
Katya Hill, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is an interna-tionally recognized clinician in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and evidence-based practice. Dr. Hill has over thirty years of clinical and teaching experience and is the Executive Director/Clinical Supervisor and a co-founder of the AAC Institute. Dr. Hill has been the force behind the research and development of Language Activity Monitor-ing (LAM) tools.
Rachel Harkawik, M.A., CCC-SLP has been providing AAC services under the supervision of Dr. Hill for several years. In addition, she is a clinical fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. She provides assessments and treatment for individuals needing alternative and augmentative communication. Her area of interest is autism.
Pushpa Ramachandran, M.A., CCC-SLP earned her master's degree in speech-language pathology at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Ramachandran has a background in medical speech pathology with specialty in the area of aphasiology. She provides tele-rehabilitation services to patients who use AAC systems.
Learn more at www.aacinstitute.org
Download ICANtalk Pediatric .pdf flyer.
Download ICANtalk Adult .pdf flyer.
Download 2011 AAC Summer Camp save-the-date .pdf flyer