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Augmentative and alternative communication in adolescents with severe intellectual disability: a clinical experience

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TitleAugmentative and alternative communication in adolescents with severe intellectual disability: a clinical experience
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractAIM: Augmentative and alternative communication devices proved to be effective in patients with severe intellectual disability to overcome their communication impairments. In order to give a contribution for design of augmentative and alternative communication systems that better meet the needs of beginning communicators we decided to report our clinical experience about using augmentative and alternative communication in adolescents with severe intellectual disability. METHODS: Five patients who underwent a long time traditional speech rehabilitation program (at least 5 years) with scant improvements in linguistic function were recruited and evaluated by means of the Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scale before and after a three years augmentative and alternative communication intervention carried out by a multidisciplinary team. RESULTS: After the rehabilitative intervention patients showed an improvement in communication, daily living skills and socialization as measured by the Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scale. CONCLUSION: Augmentative and alternative communication is an effective rehabilitation approach to people with severe intellectual disability and impairments in linguistic expression. Moreover augmentative and alternative communication is a useful tool allowing these patients to increase their social participation also enhancing their self-esteem. Our clinical experience confirmed these topics also in adolescents who underwent a long time traditional speech rehabilitation program with scant improvements, providing practical information to clinicians.
AuthorsUliano, Domenico, Falciglia G., Del Viscio C., Picelli A., Gandolfi M., and Passarella A.
Year of Publication2010
Date PublishedJun
PublicationEuropean Journal of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine.
Volume46
Issue2
Pages147-52
ISSNprint: ISSN 1973-9087, online: ISSN 1973-9095
Publisher DOIhttp://www.minervamedica.it/en/journals/europa-medicophysica/article.php...
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Keywords (MeSH)activities of daily living, adolescent, communication aids for disabled, communication disorders, intellectual disability, socialization
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