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Friendship between children using augmentative and alternative communication and peers: A systematic literature review

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TitleFriendship between children using augmentative and alternative communication and peers: A systematic literature review
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractBackground: Although research on friendship among children without any reported disability is extensive, the investigation of the characteristics of friendship among children who are using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) has received little attention. In this systematic literature review we investigated the current research on friendship between children who use AAC under 13 years of age. Method: Database searches were undertaken with English search terms. The review included 8 articles. Results: The results revealed that current research lacks systematic development of knowledge. Children using AAC have a different basis for establishing and developing friendship, due to restrictions in presence, participation, interaction, and communication with peers. Conclusions: Future research could pay closer attention to how children using AAC develop friendship, and how such relationships can be supported. This research could usefully incorporate the body of research on friendship among children without disability.
AuthorsØstvik, J., Ytterhus B., and Balandin S.
Year of Publication2017
Publication Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities
Volume42
Issue4
Pages403-415
ISSN1366-8250 (print) 1469-9532 (online)
Publisher DOIhttps://doi.org/10.3109/13668250.2016.1247949
Keywords (MeSH)child, communication aids for disabled, disabled persons, friends, research, review
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