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An examination of relations between participation, communication and age in children with complex communication needs

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TitleAn examination of relations between participation, communication and age in children with complex communication needs
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractThe aim of this study was to examine variation in the frequency of children's participation in out-of-school activities as a function of speech intelligibility, perceived effectiveness of the child's communication aid, and age. Sixty-nine caregivers of children with complex communication needs provided with communication aids completed a questionnaire survey. Rate of participation was higher for younger than for older children, particularly in recreational activities. Younger children with partial intelligibility participated more frequently in recreational and social activities than both younger children without speech and older children. Results and limitations are discussed within the context of participation research in childhood disability, highlighting the impact of communicative resources and maturation on everyday participation.
AuthorsClarke, M., Newton C., Petrides K., Griffiths T., Lysley A., and Price K.
Year of Publication2012
Date PublishedMar
PublicationAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Volume28
Issue1
Pages44-51
ISSN0743-4618 (print), 1477-3848 (electronic)
Publisher DOIhttp://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07434618.2011.653605
Keywords (MeSH)adolescent, age factors, child, communication, communication aids for disabled, disabled children, parents, social participation, speech intelligibility
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