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Huntington's disease (HD)

previously called Huntington's chorea; a brain disorder with progressive neurodegeneration leading to motor, cognitive, and psychiatric symptoms

Using different methods to communicate: how adults with severe acquired communication difficulties make decisions about the communication methods they use and how they experience them (summary)

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Background

It is recognised that assistive technologies, including augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can be beneficial in helping improve the quality of life for adults with complex needs. People with acquired communication difficulties have to make many decisions about new technologies and also learn how to use them.

Involving communication aid users in decision making about which systems to use and in what situations is known to be beneficial but does not always happen.

Using different methods to communicate: how adults with severe acquired communication difficulties make decisions about the communication methods they use and how they experience them (short summary)

Using
different
methods
 
to
communicate

The researchers interviewed several men with acquired neurological disorders about their choice of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) methods. They found that the choice of method used to communicate is individual and professionals need to take this into consideration when working with clients with acquired neurological conditions. Often different methods will be chosen for different situations and communication partners.

Using Talking Mats to support communication in persons with Huntington's Disease (summary)

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Talking Mats
 
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communication

Background

Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a progressive degenerative neurological condition which usually leads to speech and communication difficulties. People with HD often develop a reduction in cognitive abilities, with language elements such as a lack of communication initiation, reduced sentence complexity and word-finding problems as well as difficulties in speech production. The ability to understand spoken language is also likely to be affected but there is less research into this than into the effects on expressive language.

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Using Talking Mats to support communication in persons with Huntington's Disease (short summary)

Using
Talking Mats
 
to
support
communication

The authors investigated the use of Talking Mats (TM) in supporting the communication of five people with advanced Huntington’s Disease (HD). They compared unstructured and structured interactions and the used of TM when the same topics were discussed.

It was found that for all of the participants communicative effectiveness was increased by the use of TM.

The authors conclude that the use of TM could increase participation in life-planning for people with HD but is dependent on good support from trained communication partners.

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Huntington’s disease

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An acquired condition, usually affecting people between the ages of 30-50.

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