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speech that is slurred, slow, and difficult to understand

Acceptance of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technology by Persons with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (short summary)

Acceptance
 
of
AAC
 
in
ALS

This study aimed to investigate whether there is a pattern to acceptance of high-tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices and to investigate the reasons for either acceptance or discontinuance of the use of AAC technology among people who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The researchers found a very high rate of acceptance of AAC technology among the 50 participants. 90% showed immediate acceptance, 6% delayed acceptance and 4% rejection. None of the participants in this study discontinued their use of AAC until very close to the end of their lives.

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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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communication difficulties

communication
difficulties

voice, language, speech, and hearing difficulties children and adults may have expressing themselves

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Factsheet - Dysarthria and Dysphasia

communication
difficulties

This information is taken from http://www.patient.info/doctor/Dysarthria-and-Dysphasia.htm because it provides useful technical descriptions and easy access leaflets,


Dysarthria and Dysphasia

Dysarthria is a disorder of speech 

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Factsheet - Dysarthria: Causes

communication
difficulties

Information taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dysarthria#Causes.


 

[Note that a speech and language therapist is referred to as a speech and language pathologist in the USA] 

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