On this page you will find a range of resources that we publish with the aim of supporting local teams and those using assistive technology. You will also find some links to websites and external resources. If you have suggestions for a useful resource, please let us know.

Message Banking Resource

Voice & Message Banking

This resource provides information about voice and message banking and has been updated in September 2020 to include some of the newer voice banking (personalised synthetic speech) options. Voice and message banking is the process of recording and storing an individual’s voice that can then be used to support communication. There are two main types of voice banking: Message (Word and Phrase) recordings – ‘Message Banking’ Creating a personalised synthesised
Using a Communication Aid To Keep In Touch With Others

Using a Communication Aid To Keep In Touch With Others

This leaflet outlines considerations for AAC users during the Covid-19 pandemic and highlights resources that may be useful during this period. This leaflet has been made for people using AAC and also the team supporting AAC users.  This leaflet highlights how someone can use their communication to keep in touch with others in ways other than face to face communication. Please also see our related leaflets “Support for people who
ICU app home screen, showing a screen with text of 'why am I here', 'what will happen to me' and 'communicate'.

ICU App

An App to Support Communication in ICU The ICU Communication App (ICU app for short) is designed for patients in Intensive Care (ICU), High Dependency Units (HDU) and other wards. ICU app is designed for patients who are intubated (have a breathing tube in their throat) - leaving them fully aware but temporarily unable to speak. This simple communication app was developed with individuals who have lived through this experience
ICU app home screen, showing a screen with text of 'why am I here', 'what will happen to me' and 'communicate'.

Communication Resources for Intensive Care and HDU

The following resources have been released in order to support those in Intensive Care and High Dependency Units who are temporarily unable to communicate because of 'intubation' - having a breathing tube or other medical reasons. In this video Kate explains how it feels to be in ICU and unable to communicate: ICU Communication App ICU Communication App is designed to support communication in Intensive Care and High Dependency Units.
Helen wearing PPE in a home

PPE during Visits

We are doing what we can to reduce the risks of transmission of infection when visiting by putting in measures appropriate to the current situation and as advised by our Trust and Public Health England. If we have arranged to visit you, and you still have any concerns then please do contact us to discuss this. Protective Equipment (PPE) In this video Helen demonstrates some of the Personal Protective Equipment,
AAC Assessment Resource

Assessing for AAC and referring on to a Specialised Service: A guide for Speech & Language Therapists

Knowing who might benefit from AAC, how to assess, and where to look for support can be tricky. This guide aims to: Outline the key areas to consider as part of an AAC assessment. Suggest resources that may support an AAC assessment. Identify when it would be appropriate to refer to a Specialised AAC service (in Yorkshire and Humber, this is the Barnsley Assistive Technology Team) Identify what the goals
Assessing for AAC- what why and how (Links to recommended resources)

Assessing for AAC- what why and how (Links to recommended resources)

This resource is an accompaniment to the webinar: Assessing for AAC- What Why and How? The document provides links to other resources that are mentioned throughout the webinar so that they can be explored independently.
Text Based AAC App Evaluations

Text Based AAC App Evaluations

This resource is designed to give an overview of some text-based AAC apps using our app evaluation table These apps range from free to medium cost and may be useful to trial with a person who is literate. If you regularly use or recommend a text based AAC app that you think should be included here, please let us know.
Symbol Based AAC app evaluation

Symbol Based AAC app evaluation

This resource is designed to give an overview of some symbol based AAC apps using our app evaluation table These apps range from free to high cost and may be useful to trial with a person who requires symbols for communication. They could be beneficial for someone who is new to AAC or requires a less complex AAC system. If you regularly use or recommend a symbol based AAC app