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cerebral palsy (CP)

a group of chronic conditions affecting body movements and muscle coordination, caused by damage to one or more specific areas of the brain

Social media experiences of adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy who use augmentative and alternative communication (summary)

Social
Media
 
Experiences
 
of
People
 
with
Cerebral Palsy
 
who
 
use
AAC

Background

Recent developments in technology have increased opportunities for communication through social media.

For people who use augmentative and alternative communication (PWUAAC) the new opportunities are not always matched by improved access.

A much lower percentage of people with disabilities use the internet than those without disabilities across all age groups. People who do not have internet access might become isolated compared to those who do.

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Social media experiences of adolescents and young adults with cerebral palsy who use augmentative and alternative communication (short summary)

Social
Media
 
Experiences
 
of
People
 
with
Cerebral Palsy
 
who
 
use
AAC

Recent developments in technology have increased opportunities for communication through social media, however for people who use augmentative and alternative communication (PWUAAC) the new opportunities are not always matched by improved access.

A much lower percentage of people with disabilities use the internet than those without disabilities across all age groups.

This study looked at the views and experiences of adults who have cerebral palsy about using social media.

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Eye gaze technology: a South African perspective (summary)

Eye-gaze
 
technology:
 
a
South African
 
perspective

Background

This study looks at Bronfenbrenner’s biological theory of human development as a framework for describing the ways in which environmental influences can support or hinder the use of assistive technology, specifically eye-gaze controlled communication for young children with disabilities. The theory uses the ‘model of the ecology as nested systems’, dividing influencing factors into:

Microsystems – the immediate environment within which the child functions.

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Eye gaze technology: a South African perspective (short summary)

Eye-gaze
 
technology:
 
a
South African
 
perspective

This study uses two South African case reports to look at Bronfenbrenner’s biological theory of human development as a framework for describing the ways in which environmental influences can support or hinder the use of assistive technology, specifically eye-gaze controlled communication for young children with disabilities.

They identify factors in a number of different ‘systems’ around the child that could influence how successful they were in developing use of high tech systems for communication.

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The Loneliness Experiences of Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication (summary)

 
The
Loneliness
Experiences
of
Young Adults
who
use
AAC

Background

Communication is a significant factor in the maintenance of friendships for young adults. Communicative interactions can be difficult for people who use AAC (PWUAAC) which can make it harder to form and maintain friendships and other relationships, thus increasing the risk of loneliness.

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The Loneliness Experiences of Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy who use Alternative and Augmentative Communication (short summary)

 
The
Loneliness
Experiences
of
Young Adults
who
use
AAC

Communication is a significant factor in the maintenance of friendships for young adults. Communicative interactions can be difficult for people who use augmentative and alternative communication (PWUAAC) which can make it harder to form and maintain friendships and other relationships, thus increasing the risk of loneliness.

The authors used interviews with five young adults with cerebral palsy who used AAC to investigate their experiences of loneliness and their experiences of developing and maintaining friendships.

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The effect of shared book reading on the acquisition of expressive vocabulary of a 7 year old who uses AAC (summary)

Outcome
of
shared
book
reading
on
child

Background

Children with complex communication needs (CCN) often have difficulties in many aspects of language acquisition compared to typically developing children.

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The effect of shared book reading on the acquisition of expressive vocabulary of a 7 year old who uses AAC (short summary)

Outcome
of
shared
book
reading
on
child

A single case study aimed to look at whether taking part in a book reading intervention programme improved the expressive vocabulary of a 7 year old girl who used AAC. The study is described in some detail.

Increases were found in the total number and range of words used and the types of words these were. There was also an increase in the number of multi-word utterances. These gains were at least partially maintained at the follow up point.

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Exploring Communication Assistants as an Option for Increasing Communication Access to Communities for People who use Augmentative Communication (summary)

Use
of
communication assistants

Background

Community participation and inclusion are fundamental principles within the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and communication is central to this process. It is therefore important to identify supports needed by people who use AAC (PWUAAC) to enable them to fully participate in society and to communicate with others within their communities.

People with complex communication needs (CCN) report a number of communication barriers with unfamiliar people, which can increase feelings of social isolation.

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