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AAC and Early Intervention for Children with Cerebral Palsy: Parent Perceptions and Child Risk Factors

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TitleAAC and Early Intervention for Children with Cerebral Palsy: Parent Perceptions and Child Risk Factors
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractThe current study examined parent perceptions of communication, the focus of early intervention goals and strategies, and factors predicting the implementation of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for 26 two-year-old children with cerebral palsy. Parents completed a communication questionnaire and provided early intervention plans detailing child speech and language goals. Results indicated that receptive language had the strongest association with parent perceptions of communication. Children who were not talking received a greater number of intervention goals, had a greater variety of goals, and had more AAC goals than children who were emerging and established talkers. Finally, expressive language had the strongest influence on AAC decisions. Results are discussed in terms of the relationship between parent perceptions and language skills, communication as an emphasis in early intervention, AAC intervention decisions, and the importance of receptive language.
AuthorsSmith, A. L., and Hustad K. C.
Year of Publication2015
PublicationAugmentative & Alternative Communication
Volume31
Issue4
Pages336-350
ISSN0743-4618 (print) 1477-3848 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07434618.2015.1084373
Keywords (MeSH)cerebral palsy, child, communication aids for disabled, communication disorders, early intervention, goals, language therapy, parents, rehabilitation, risk factors, speech therapy
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