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a developmental condition where a disease or condition/characteristic is present at birth and affects a child's development: see also acquired condition

Eye Gaze Technology as a Form of Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Individuals with Rett Syndrome: Experiences of Families in The Netherlands (short summary)

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Rett
 
Syndrome

Background

This study looked into the use of eye gaze and eye tracking technology from the point of view of families of people with Rett Syndrome (RTT) in The Netherlands.

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Professionals’ and parents’ shared learning in blended learning networks related to communication and augmentative and alternative communication for people with severe disabilities (summary)

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Background

People with severe disabilities (SD) often have complex communication needs (CCN) and are dependent on other to support them to be able to participate in activities of daily living. Their communication is often difficult for unfamiliar people to understand and might be supported by the use of various forms of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). People with whom they spend a lot of time have in-depth knowledge of how to communicate with people with SD and are often very skilled communication partners.

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Professionals’ and parents’ shared learning in blended learning networks related to communication and augmentative and alternative communication for people with severe disabilities (short summary)

Professionals’
 
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parents’
shared
learning

Researchers looked into the use of Blended Learning Networks, on-line groups consisting of parents and professionals, as a way to share learning and experience about the use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) with people with severe disabilities who have complex communication needs (CCN).

The groups considered a number of topics related to AAC and evaluated their experiences of the BLNs at the end of the study period.

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profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD)

diagnosed

A congenital condition affecting children and adults.

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developmental-learning disability

diagnosed

A birth condition, affecting children and continuing throughout their adult life.

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complex communication needs (CCN)

diagnosed

A term used in relation to complex developmental conditions, that affect children throughout their lives.

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autism spectrum disorders (ASD)

diagnosed

A developmental, spectrum condition, which affects children throughout their lives.

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Asperger syndrome

diagnosed

A developmental condition, which is a form of autism.

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cerebral palsy (CP)

diagnosed

A developmental condition, with symptoms usually evident during the first three years of life.

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