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Trends in augmentative and alternative communication use by individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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TitleTrends in augmentative and alternative communication use by individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractThe majority of individuals with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) benefit from augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) at some point during the disease process. Different AAC approaches are used, depending on functional status, communication purposes, familiarity of the communication partner, and the environment. Early, middle, and late stages of AAC intervention have been identified and reflect changes in an individual's functional status and subsequent changes in communication needs. Trends in the use of low- and high-technology AAC systems appear to correspond to these stages. In this article, case studies are used to demonstrate how individuals tend to rely on both unaided and low-technology AAC methods during the early stages of ALS, on high-technology systems during the middle stages of the disease, and again on unaided and low-technology AAC methods during the late stages of ALS.
AuthorsDoyle, M., and Phillips B.
Year of Publication2001
Date PublishedSep
PublicationAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Volume17
Issue3
Pages167-78.
ISSN0743-4618 (print), 1477-3848 (electronic)
Publisher DOIhttp://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/aac.17.3.167.178
Keywords (MeSH)adult, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, communication, communication aids for disabled, interpersonal relations, technology
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