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Beliefs and habits: staff experiences with key word signing in special schools and group residential homes (short summary)

Staff
experiences
 
with
 
key
 
word
signing
 
in
 
special
schools
 
and
residential
 
homes

This study used interview data to investigate the views of 5 teachers and 5 support staff working with people with learning disabilities (LD) who used key word signing (KWS) towards its use. The attitudes of communication partners to the use of KWS are key to its success. Without a positive view it is less likely to be used successfully by and with people who have LD.

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Augmentative and alternative communication devices for aphasia: the emerging role of ‘‘smart’’ mobile devices (summary)

AAC devices
 
for
 
aphasia;
 
the
 
role
of
smart
mobile
 
devices

Background

Despite the increase in availability of mobile apps and smart technology for communication there has been little research into their use with adults who have aphasia; usually an older age group with acquired communication difficulties.

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Augmentative and alternative communication devices for aphasia: the emerging role of ‘‘smart’’ mobile devices (short summary)

AAC devices
 
for
 
aphasia;
 
the
 
role
 
of
smart
mobile
 
devices

People who have aphasia often use a combination of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies to support their interactions.

This paper aimed to gather an overall perspective on high-tech device use in this population through gathering information from professionals working with them. The information was gathered via a web-based survey of professionals, observation of group therapy sessions and focus groups of clinicians from the group therapy centres.

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Augmentative and alternative communication devices for aphasia: the emerging role of ‘‘smart’’ mobile devices (short summary)

People who have aphasia often use a combination of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies to support their interactions.

This paper aimed to gather an overall perspective on high-tech device use in this population through gathering information from professionals working with them. The information was gathered via a web-based survey of professionals, observation of group therapy sessions and focus groups of clinicians from the group therapy centres.

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The use of social media by adults with acquired conditions who use AAC: current gaps and considerations in research (summary)

 
The
 
use
 
of
social
media
 
by
adults
 
with
acquired
 
conditions
 
who
 
use
AAC:
 
current
gaps
 
and
considerations
 
in
research

Background

There are increasing numbers of adults with acquired neurological disorders who might use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). The range of disorders is diverse, including stroke, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, head and neck cancer, traumatic brain injury etc.

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The use of social media by adults with acquired conditions who use AAC: current gaps and considerations in research (short summary)

 
The
 
use
 
of
social
media
 
by
adults
 
with
acquired
 
conditions
 
who
 
use
AAC:
 
current
gaps
 
and
considerations
 
in
research

This paper considers the use of social media for communication by adults with a range of acquired neurological disorders. It briefly reviews the limited research into social media use by this population and discusses both positive and negative aspects.
The author aims to summarise recent research findings on adults with acquired conditions who use AAC and social media, identify gaps and priorities for future research in this area and suggest how the research might be performed. Seven priority areas for research to develop the evidence base in this field are identified and discussed.

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Acceptance of Augmentative and Alternative Communication Technology by Persons with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (short summary)

Acceptance
 
of
AAC
 
in
ALS

This study aimed to investigate whether there is a pattern to acceptance of high-tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices and to investigate the reasons for either acceptance or discontinuance of the use of AAC technology among people who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The researchers found a very high rate of acceptance of AAC technology among the 50 participants. 90% showed immediate acceptance, 6% delayed acceptance and 4% rejection. None of the participants in this study discontinued their use of AAC until very close to the end of their lives.

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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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