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acquired condition is a disease or condition/characteristic that is not congenital but develops after birth; common adult-acquired conditions include stroke/CVA, brain injury, brain tumour, MND, MS, Parkinson's disease and Huntington’s disease: see also congenital condition

SPEACS-2: Intensive Care Unit ‘‘Communication Rounds’’ with Speech Language Pathology (short summary)

training
nurses

The authors investigated the use of a web-based training package for nurses working with non-speaking elderly patients in intensive care units (ICUs) and the benefits of speech and language therapy (SLT) led 'communication rounds' on ICUs.

Case studies are used to demonstrate the types of communication strategies that were useful in improving communication for patients, families and nursing staff.

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Augmentative and alternative communication in daily clinical practice: strategies and tools for management of severe communication disorders (summary)

Use
of
AAC
after
a
stroke

Background

People who have had strokes often use natural speech in combination with various AAC strategies to improve the effectiveness of their communication. These strategies might change over time as communication needs change.

Interventions to help build stroke patients' communicative competence need to consider a wide variety of factors including the individual, their environments and their communication partners. They should not necessarily be seeking a 'cure', rather to implement strategies to compensate for difficulties.

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Augmentative and alternative communication in daily clinical practice: strategies and tools for management of severe communication disorders (short summary)

Use
of
AAC
after
a
stroke

This paper looks at the use of AAC with people who have had a stroke. Possible reasons for abandonment or unwillingness to use AAC systems are considered. The authors describe various elements of communicative competence that need to be taken into account when working with stroke patients and their families and carers and emphasise that the needs of people with severe communication impairments are diverse, as are considerations to be taken in identifying possible support systems.

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Use of augmentative and alternative communication strategies by family members in the intensive care unit (short summary)

Use
of
AAC
by
family members
in
hospital

The use of AAC strategies by families of critically ill patients in an intensive care unit (ICU) was reviewed. 44% of families were found to use some form of AAC support in their communication with ill relatives. Their views about AAC and confidence in using it were rated more positively when the nurses they were working with had been given some training in communication strategies.

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Use of augmentative and alternative communication strategies by family members in the intensive care unit (summary)

Use
of
AAC
by
family members
in
hospital

Background
Family members are often relied upon to act as spokesmen for critically ill patients, but do not always have the skills needed to support patients' communication.

Little is known about how families are able to use AAC systems and how they feel about these forms of communication.

There has been little investigation into the involvement of families in use of AAC with non-speaking patients in intensive care units (ICUs).

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Joint decision making using Talking Mats (short summary)

Combined
decision
making
with
Talking Mats

The authors compared the amount of involvement people with dementia and their family carers felt they had in discussions and decisions about activities of daily living using Talking Mats and their usual methods of communication.

They found that both people with dementia and their carers were more satisfied when Talking Mats were used.


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Joint decision making using Talking Mats (summary)

Joint
decision
making
using
Talking Mats

Background It is important for people with dementia to be involved in discussions and decisions about their care, but it is often difficult for these people and their carers to discuss their preferences about activities of daily living.

Studies have shown many people with dementia are able to use Talking Mats to support their communication.

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AAC personnel framework - adult acquired complex communication needs (summary)

aac
support,
adult
acquired
complex
needs

This research examined the framework of support for people who rely on AAC because of acquired medical conditions.

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AAC adults severe aphasia (summary)

AAC,
adults
severe
acquired
condition

This article reviews literature specific to the use of AAC with adults who have severe aphasia.


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