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Speech-language pathologists' views on mentoring by people who use speech generating devices (summary)

Speech and Language Therapists
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mentoring
 
by
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Background

Developing communicative competence in the use of a speech generating device (SGD) can be challenging for new users. It is possible that using competent SGD users as mentors might be beneficial in the early stages of learning to use a device. An earlier study (Ballin et al 2010) indicated that adults who used SGDs supported the idea of the use of mentors.

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Speech-language pathologists' views on mentoring by people who use speech generating devices (summary)

Background

Developing communicative competence in the use of a speech generating device (SGD) can be challenging for new users. It is possible that using competent SGD users as mentors might be beneficial in the early stages of learning to use a device. An earlier study (Ballin et al 2010) indicated that adults who used SGDs supported the idea of the use of mentors.

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Speech-language pathologists' views on mentoring by people who use speech generating devices (short summary)

Speech and language therapists
views
 
on
 
mentoring
 
by
people
 
who
use
VOCAs

Developing communicative competence in the use of a speech generating device (SGD) can be challenging for new users. It is possible that using competent SGD users as mentors might be beneficial in the early stages of learning to use a device. Mentors might be able to help overcome some of the challenges to learning to use an SGD such as; the lack of speech and language pathologist (SLP) service provision, the amount of practise needed, lack of SLPs with specialist augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) knowledge and experience etc.

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‘‘It’s got to be more than that’’. Parents and speech-language pathologists discuss training content for families with a new speech generating device (summary)

Training
 
for
families
 
with
 
a
new
VOCA

Background

Parents have a central role in supporting children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to become competent and effective communicators. They are often the main teacher, programmer and advocate for the user and device in a variety of settings. High-tech speech generating devices (SGDs) are complex systems that require a great deal of learning by new users in terms of understanding the technology and how to use it as well as maintaining it.

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‘‘It’s got to be more than that’’. Parents and speech-language pathologists discuss training content for families with a new speech generating device (short summary)

Training
 
for
families
 
with
 
a
new
VOCA

Parents have a central role in supporting children who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to become competent and effective communicators. High-tech speech generating devices (SGDs) are complex systems that require a great deal of learning by new users in terms of understanding the technology and how to use it as well as maintaining it.

If parents lack confidence in using the device or are not adequately supported this can contribute to a lack of success or abandonment of the system.

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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)

Using
different
methods
 
to
communicate

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.

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