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Role of the Occupational Therapist

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This information about the role of an occupational therapist (OT) has been taken from information provided by College of Occupational Therapists, NHS Careers, Great Ormond Street Hospital.

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Jeff's experiences after leaving school

after
leaving
school

Born in 1980, Jeff used a communication aid for most of his school life. He was very proficient, and used it in all the lessons.  Jeff also used his aid in social settings, clubs and day centres, and was even one of the stars in a film made by a large disability charity, to raise awareness of the life changing benefits of AAC.

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Assessing AAC preferences developmental disabilities-review (short summary)

AAC
choices
 
&
learning disability

This review aimed to determine whether participants with developmental disabilities preferred certain types of AAC. The review included seven studies with twelve participants. Eight of these participants preferred speech generating devices, and four preferred picture exchange systems, though this result must be interpreted with caution due to the very small size of the studies. Incorporating individual preferences into an AAC intervention could improve the control that individuals with developmental disabilities have over their decisions and lives.

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Bill's experiences after a stroke

aac
following
 
a
stroke

Bill and Marge had been a hectic pair, keeping everyone on their toes especially their grandkids. Bill woke up one morning and found that he couldn’t get out of bed and that Marge seemed to be speaking a different language (or at least that was how he remembers it). Bill had had a stroke.

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AAC adults severe aphasia (summary)

AAC,
adults
severe
acquired
condition

This article reviews literature specific to the use of AAC with adults who have severe aphasia.


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Heidi's experiences with facilitated communication

facilitated
communication

Heidi is an independent lady, living with her team of support staff in a pretty bungalow in the country. She needs assistance in all aspects of her life, but is very independent minded and makes all the choices and decisions about her support for herself.

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