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Liverpool CAAT

The CAAT Team offers a range of assessment services to support communication and learning through the use of Assistive Technology and Augmentative and Alternative communication systems for learners with communication and physical disabilities. There must be a commitment that the child and young person’s school and parents or carers will work in partnership with the CAAT Team.

Where to go

Springwood Heath Primary School
Danefield Road
L19 4TL

Local Offer

Local Offer Description

Liverpool CAAT Team

 The Liverpool CAAT Team (Communication, Augmentative, Assistive Technology Team) is Liverpool’s AAC Service (also known as a ‘spoke’)

The service is jointly commissioned through the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Liverpool Children’s Services to meet the assessment needs of children and young people who need AAC (Augmentative, Alternative Communication) but do not meet the eligibility criteria for specialised regional AAC Services (also known as a ‘hub’)

Access to the local team is necessary before a referral is made to the regional service.

The North West regional centre for AAC is the ACE Centre North, Oldham. 

What is AAC? (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)

The term AAC covers a huge range of strategies which support or replace spoken communication. These include gesture, signing, symbols, communication boards and books, as well as powered and computerised devices such as a voice output communication aid. (VOCA).  

Why do you need the CAAT Team?

Speaking is how we communicate with those around us.  It allows us to interact with other people and influence the world around us to get our needs met.  But for some children and young people speech is not an option. They will often be labeled as “non-verbal” although they may have plenty that they want to say, but are unable to speak the words. 

Everyone has the right to communicate and the fact some children and young people cannot speak should not have that right taken away from them.

The Liverpool CAAT Team supports giving children and young people a voice so that their unspoken words can be heard. 

Why would you ask for a CAAT Assessment?

  • Do you feel that your child is able to communicate to the best of their ability?
  • Does your child have access to the most suitable resources to meet their communication needs?

If you are not sure that this might be, the CAAT Team may be able to help, advise and support you and your child. 

Who works on the CAAT Team?

The Liverpool CAAT Team is a multi professional team of health and education practitioners with AAC expertise.

  • Community Speech & Language Therapists
  • Community Occupational Therapists
  • Community Physiotherapists
  • Education staff including teachers and support staff.
  • Education Technician. 

What is the criteria for accessing a CAAT Team Assessment?

All children and young people will need to satisfy the criteria below:

  • Children who have complex communication needs.
  • Children who have physical difficulties that are a barrier to their communication.
  • Children who struggle to communicate their basic needs.
  • Children who experience frustration when not able to communicate what they want when they want.
  • Their development of speech is significantly delayed or unlikely to develop.
  • Children who need to use pictures or symbols to support their communication.
  • Children who are developing communication intent.
  • Children who have an ability to understand cause and effect. 

How do you access the CAAT Team?

Initial enquiries can be made by telephone or letter to

Liverpool CAAT Team

SpringwoodHeathPrimary School

Danefield Road, Liverpool, L19 4TL

0151 427 7759 

Or the completion of the CAAT referral form found at www.liverpoolcaatteam.co.uk

Follow the CAAT Team on Twitter @liverpoolcaat

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years (0-4 years)
Secondary (11-16 years)
Primary (4-10 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Needs Level
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Address: Danefield Road  Liverpool