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It’s good to talk: developing the communication skills of an adult with an intellectual disability through augmentative and alternative communication

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TitleIt’s good to talk: developing the communication skills of an adult with an intellectual disability through augmentative and alternative communication
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractAugmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems have been repeatedly identified as a means of improving an individual’s communication abilities and their ability to participate in interactions. However, existing literature indicates that dynamic display speech generating devices (SGDs) are not commonly introduced for adults with moderate intellectual disabilities (ID). This case study reports the impact of using an SGD on the communication abilities of a nonverbal individual with a moderate ID. Clinical assessment and therapy outcome measures include semi-structured interviews with staff and communication dyad analyses. These measures were conducted before and after collaborative intervention from speech and language therapy and behaviour support. Findings from the study reveal that when using an SGD the individual experienced improvements in expressive communication abilities and pragmatic skills including topic maintenance, taking conversational turns and reduced communication breakdown. The clinical implications of this intervention are discussed.
AuthorsHagan, L., and Thompson H.
Year of Publication2014
PublicationBritish Journal of Learning Disability
Volume42
Issue1
Pages66-73
ISSN1354-4187 (print) 1468-3156 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bld.12041/abstract
Keywords (MeSH)adult, communication aids for disabled, intellectual disability, outcome assessment, speech-language pathology
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