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Communication intervention in Rett syndrome: a survey of speech language pathologists in Swedish health services

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TitleCommunication intervention in Rett syndrome: a survey of speech language pathologists in Swedish health services
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractPurpose: To investigate communication intervention that speech language pathologists (SLPs) provide to people with Rett syndrome. Methods: A web-based survey targeting all Swedish SLPs working with people currently receiving support from habilitation services. Results: The SLPs reportedly followed recommended practice in the following aspects: (1) Information on communicative function was collected from several sources, including observation in well-known settings and reports from the client’s social network, (2) Multimodal communication was promoted and, (3) Responsive partner strategies were largely targeted in the intervention. However, few instruments or standard procedures were used and partner instruction was given informally. Most SLPs used communication aids in the intervention and their general impression of using communication aids was positive. Further, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) was estimated to increase and clarify communicative contributions from the person. Conclusions: Communication aids were reported to have a positive influence on communicative functions. Swedish SLP services followed best practice in several aspects, but there are areas with potential for development. Tools and best practice guidelines are needed to support SLPs in the AAC process for clients with Rett syndrome.
AuthorsWandin, H., Lindberg P., and Sonnander K.
Year of Publication2015
PublicationDisability & Rehabilitation
Volume37
Issue15
Pages1324-1333
ISSN0963-8288 (print) 1464-5165 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/09638288.2014.962109
Keywords (MeSH)communication, communication aids for disabled, Rett syndrome, speech-language pathology, surveys & questionnaires
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