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How old is your child? What was your child using before at home and at school? What is in the IEP? Why is the issue cropping up now - school has been in session awhile. Did you just get the device? Is this a new school for your child? Was the team aware that you were purchasing this device? Did you coordinate a training plan with the AAC person for the school team? How high up the chain of command have you gone?
I would suggest you contact an attorney familiar with IDEA and your state as daily communication is vital to education. The Peak Parent center (www.peakparent.org) is also a good resource (Shirley Swope). Either one should be able to provide you with the IDEA law that supports AAC use and a school's responsibilities. Knowing the law as it pertains to your child's rights is imperative in getting what you need for your child.
Depending on what has already been done, my understanding of IEE is that you would have to allow the SWAAC team to do an assessment. If you did not agree with the assessment results, you can request an IEE. The IEE is then paid for by the district. They can provide you with some providers for the IEE (that may have contracted with the district in the past) but you do not have to use their providers. (You would have to find a provider that would agree to contract with your district.) No district is required to accept the results of outside providers (at anytime) but, if they pay for the IEE, it is more likely that they may accept some or all of the results.
You could also consider mediation or an IEP meeting.
An attorney can help you navigate the specifics of your situation based upon the history you have and address the immediate issue of daily communication via the right method - IEE, assessment, mediation, IEP meeting, etc...
IMHO, it is very difficult to find the right attorney or advocate but once you have the right person on your team who can navigate the law (and how it has been applied/interpreted by the state and federal courts), it makes a world of difference.