Communication Supports Inventory- Children & Youth (CSI-CY)

For children who rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)

Authors:  Charity Rowland, Ph. D., Melanie Fried-Oken, Ph. D., CCC-SLP and Sandra A. M. Steiner, M. A., CCC-SLP

The Communication Supports Inventory- Children & Youth (CSI-CY) is a tool to help professionals working with students with complex communication needs make educational plans that are comprehensive enough to capture their strengths and restrictions. The  CSI-CY is designed to make goal writing easier for teachers and speech-language pathologists who work with students who are augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) users or potential users. By itself, it is not an assessment, but rather a guide to organize the professional’s understanding of the impact of a student’s communication strengths and limitations on their participation at school and home. The Inventory consists of a survey and a report. The World Health Organization developed the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health-Children and Youth Version (ICF-CY) in 2007 to provide a global common language for describing the impact of health conditions and disabilities on human functioning. This Inventory uses that same global common language. It utilizes the broad perspective on function and disability of the ICF-CY to characterize students who use AAC.



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