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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

Mentoring to support people learning to use speech generating devices (summary)

Mentoring
for
people
learning
 
to
use
speech
devices

Background People who are given speech generating devices (SGDs) do not always go on to communicate effectively with them. This might be due to a number of factors, including lack of opportunity to observe other people using SGDs.

Few people who are beginning to use SGDs receive any input in the mode of communication they are expected to use.

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Speaker Transfer in Children’s Peer Conversation (short summary)

Children’s
conversation
using
AAC

Two eleven year old boys, one a VOCA user, one without communication difficulties, were videoed having a non-directed conversation. Their conversation was analysed with particular focus on turn-taking within the interaction and how the end of VOCA users turns was indicated and understood.

Speaker Transfer in Children’s Peer Conversation (summary)

Children's
conversation
using
AAC

Background In conversations in which one speaker uses a communication aid the AAC users contributions are generally more slowly produced and might lack other subtle features such as intonation and changes in volume. These factors have an effect on the way in which conversational turns are managed between communication partners. The use of communication aids, particularly by children with complex motor disabilities can lead to delays between the end of a natural speaker's conversational turn and the beginning of the VOCA users spoken output.

Using AAC to communicate with medical staff (short summary)

Using
AAC
 
to
communicate
with
medical
staff

The authors used semi structured interviews and a focus group to find out how people who use AAC felt about communication with primary health care staff e.g. GPs. They found that AAC users felt it was easier to communicate with doctors who were specialists or who had known them for a long time than with those who were less familiar with AAC systems.

They concluded that everyone involved in these consultations needed to take time to prepare and that there is a need for on-going communication training for doctors throughout their careers.


Added to site January 2014

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Using AAC to communicate with medical staff (summary)

What was the aim of the study? The study aimed to find out about the experiences of people who use AAC in communicating with primary care health professionals (e.g.GPs).

Why was the paper written? There is evidence that people with disabilities are less likely than the population in general to use primary or preventative health care services. The authors wanted to find out about AAC users experiences of non-hospital based healthcare and identify any barriers to effective communication and strategies used to overcome these.

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