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Augmentative and alternative communication supports for adults with autism spectrum disorders (summary)

Non-electronic
AAC
 
and
people
with
autism

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Augmentative and alternative communication supports for adults with autism spectrum disorders (short summary)

Non-electronic
AAC
 
and
people
with
autism

This study aimed to explore the views and experiences of six adults with ASD, their support workers and family members, regarding the outcomes of providing them with low-tech communication aids.

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Speech and language therapists’ approaches to communication intervention with children and adults with profound and multiple learning disability? (short summary)

Speech and language
therapists
working
with
people
with
complex
needs

The authors looked into how speech and language therapists (SLTs) made decisions about communication interventions they used with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD).

They surveyed a number of SLTs who worked with people with PMLD about what sort of intervention approaches they used and on what basis these choices were made.

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Using Talking Mats to support communication in persons with Huntington's Disease (summary)

Using
Talking Mats
 
to
support
communication

Background

Huntington’s Disease (HD) is a progressive degenerative neurological condition which usually leads to speech and communication difficulties. People with HD often develop a reduction in cognitive abilities, with language elements such as a lack of communication initiation, reduced sentence complexity and word-finding problems as well as difficulties in speech production. The ability to understand spoken language is also likely to be affected but there is less research into this than into the effects on expressive language.

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Using Talking Mats to support communication in persons with Huntington's Disease (short summary)

Using
Talking Mats
 
to
support
communication

The authors investigated the use of Talking Mats (TM) in supporting the communication of five people with advanced Huntington’s Disease (HD). They compared unstructured and structured interactions and the used of TM when the same topics were discussed.

It was found that for all of the participants communicative effectiveness was increased by the use of TM.

The authors conclude that the use of TM could increase participation in life-planning for people with HD but is dependent on good support from trained communication partners.

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Fundamentals of the ImPAACT Program (summary)

Training
communication partners

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Fundamentals of the ImPAACT Program (short summary)

Training
communication partners

This paper provides a brief overview of some of the elements of the ImPAACT (Improving Partner Applications of Augmentative Communication Techniques) program, devised by the authors to support the development of skills in communication partners working with people who use AAC (PWUAAC). Two elements, instructional techniques and structuring interventions are discussed and examples given. Links to several other papers with related content are given.

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