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The behavioural process underlying augmentative and alternative communication usage in direct support staff

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TitleThe behavioural process underlying augmentative and alternative communication usage in direct support staff
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractBackground: Research findings suggest that direct support staff use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) inconsistently. Various staff-related factors have been identified, and researchers agree that these factors somehow interrelate. Therefore, we approached AAC use as a behavioural process and examined the synergy between staff-related factors. Method: Fifteen direct support staff and 10 speech-language/occupational therapists who work with adults who have an intellectual disability and use AAC were individually interviewed. Transcripts were studied using thematic analysis. Results: Three main themes were discerned: consistent versus inconsistent AAC usage in direct support staff; time as a real and virtual barrier; friction in the peer–expert relationship. Conclusions: Direct support staff primarily used AAC when there was an acute need for communication support. In contrast, both direct support staff and speech-language therapists felt that direct support staff should consistently provide augmented input. This discrepancy was driven by team dynamics as well as actual and perceived lack of time.
AuthorsRombouts, E., Maes B, and Zink I.
Year of Publication2016
PublicationJournal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Issueon-line
Pages1-13
ISSN1366-8250 (print) 1469-9532 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2016.1219023
Keywords (MeSH)adult, caregivers, intellectual disability, manual communication, research, speech therapy
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