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Liverpool CAAT

Communication, Augmentative, Assistive, Technology Team 

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

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Springwood Heath Primary School
Springwood Heath Primary School
Danefield Road
L19 4TL

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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 (Alternative, Augmentative 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.

  • Speech & Language Therapists
  • Liverpool city council 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:


  • Is known to Speech and Language Therapy Service
  • Have a successful method of initiation and shows communication intent.
  • Is able to understand cause and effect- How to get people to do things for them.
  • Shows communication intent, but is not making themselves understood
  • Has experience of using some form of AAC- key words, signs, gestures, symbols or photographs.

Examples of what they might be using might include:

  • Aided language boards/theme mats, use of visual symbols
  • Communication Book
  • Early PECS system
  • E-Tran Frame
  • Adapted communication resources for alternative access

Likely to require:

  • A larger amount of topic/activity boards and vocabulary
  • Their own communication book for their expression & to demonstrate understanding
  • Their own communication aid for their expression & to demonstrate understanding
  • Ongoing support for their language development


  • Has been provided with AAC/AT support that is not meeting their needs
  • Requires specialist advice to support the development of their communication, access to technology and curriculum access
  • Ongoing support for their language development to evidence understanding of a range of communicative functions 

How do you access the CAAT Team?

Completion of the CAAT referral form found at 

Follow the CAAT Team on Twitter @liverpoolcaat

Contact Name
Mrs Chris Beacall
Contact Telephone
0151 427 7759
Contact Email
Local Offer Age Bands
Young Adults (16 to 25)
Primary (5 to 11)
Secondary (11 to 16)
Early Years (0 to 5)
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