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‘‘He Cares About Me and I Care About Him.’’ Children’s Experiences of Friendship with Peers who use AAC

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Title‘‘He Cares About Me and I Care About Him.’’ Children’s Experiences of Friendship with Peers who use AAC
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractTypically developing children face multiple challenges in developing friendships with peers who have severe physical disabilities and use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), especially when these peers experience restrictions in mobility, educational participation, physical access, and communication. In this small qualitative study, six typically developing children were interviewed about their friendships with classmates who have cerebral palsy and use AAC. Data were analysed according to Riessman’s narrative methodology (2008). Overall, participants viewed these friendships positively. In this article, we discuss the main themes that characterized these friendships: communication, learning, helping, and shared time. This knowledge may help to facilitate friendships between children without disabilities and their peers who use AAC within mainstream educational settings.
AuthorsAnderson, K. L., Balandin S., and Clendon S. A.
Year of Publication2011
PublicationAugmentative & Alternative Communication
Volume27
Issue2
Pages77-90
ISSN0743-4618 (print) 1477-3848 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/07434618.2011.577449
Keywords (MeSH)adolescent, cerebral palsy, child, communication aids for disabled, disabled children, education, friends, peer group, sign language, social behaviour, social environment