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Teaching 1:1 workers to support young children with CCN (short summary)

Methods
 
to
support
young children
with
complex
communication
needs

The authors gave 2 hours of individual training to a small number of one to one support workers who each worked with a preschool child with complex communication needs.

They found that in each case the number of communication opportunities offered to the children in play sessions and the number of communication turns taken by the children increased.


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Non-electronic communication aids for people with complex communication needs

Non-electronic communication aids for people with complex communication needs, Iacono, T, Lyon K., and West D. , International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, Oct, Volume 13, Issue 5, p.399-410, (2011)
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Assessing AAC preferences developmental disabilities-review (summary)

AAC
choices
 
&
learning disability

What was the aim of the study? The authors reviewed studies that determined the type of AAC that individuals with developmental disabilities preferred.

Why was the paper written? Individuals with developmental disabilities may often benefit from AAC, which puts clinicians, families and users in the position of selecting which type of AAC may best serve individual circumstances. Accounting for the user's perspective is an important step in promoting self-determination and could possibly affect the outcomes of the AAC intervention.

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Adam’s experiences with different AAC systems

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AAC
systems

I am a speech and language therapist and want to share the story of a young man with you. ‘Adam’ is now nearly 19 and I have known him since he was seven. He has always been a friendly young man who likes to help. He gets his message across to you by taking you by the hand to something he wants, or by pulling at your jersey and pointing to things. He uses his voice well and by that you can tell when he is happy, concerned, uncertain, angry and a range of other emotions.

Over the years we have tried lots of different AAC systems with Adam

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