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Social Participation of School-aged Children Who Use Communication Aids: The Views of Children and Parents

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TitleSocial Participation of School-aged Children Who Use Communication Aids: The Views of Children and Parents
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractSocial participation is crucial for children’s development and well-being; however, little is known about the social participation of children who use communication aids. This article presents findings from interviews with eight 5- to 14-year-old children who used communication aids and their parents about social participation, communicative interactions, and peer relationships. Video and audio-recordings were transcribed and analysed using thematic content analysis, and five themes were identified. Two themes reflect parents’ views: Communication partners and strategies and Access to aided communication. Three themes reflect perceptions expressed both by children and parents: Participation in society, Interaction opportunities, and Social relationships. The findings provide insights into both the achievements and the challenges experienced by young people who use aided communication.
AuthorsBatorowicz, B., Campbell F., von Tetzchner S., King G., and Missiuna C.
Year of Publication2014
PublicationJournal of Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Volume30
Issue3
Pages237-251
ISSN0743-4618 (print), 1477-3848 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07434618.2014.940464
Keywords (MeSH)adolescent, cerebral palsy, child, communication aids for disabled, disabled children, interpersonal relations, parents, qualitative research, social participation
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