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

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communication assistants

13 communication assistants were trained to work with 9 people who use AAC (PWUAAC), to support their communication within their local communities and to increase opportunities for and quality of interactions with other communication partners.

AAC users used the assistants to help them prepare for communication events, support them in making phone calls, writing and using the internet and communicating directly with familiar and unfamiliar communication partners and other PWUAAC, over a 9 month period.

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

Mentoring
for
people
learning
 
to
use
speech
devices

Three people who were beginning to use MINspeak systems on their speech generating devices were offer mentoring by experienced MINspeak users. The authors found that the mentoring was generally beneficial in increasing the number and range of words used, but did not significantly improve the grammatical accuracy of the language structures used. They suggest the latter areas requires specific teaching.


Added to site March 2014


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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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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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Communication in the ICU (summary)

Communicating
with
patients
who
cannot
speak

What was the aim of the study? This study described the thoughts of nurses who worked in the ICU about a programme in which they took part to increase their knowledge about how to communicate with patients who cannot speak.

Why was the paper written? The researchers ran a programme to teach ICU nurses about communication skills and AAC strategies that they could use with patients who do not speak. The researchers wanted to find out what the nurses thought about the programme and whether they used any of the information that they had learned.

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Communication in the ICU (short summary)

Communicating
with
patients
who
cannot
speak

Researchers ran a programme for nurses who worked in the ICU about communicating with patients who cannot speak. The nurses learned about AAC strategies, and many of them reported positive effects of using these strategies in hospital. The nurses favoured basic strategies that did not take up too much time.


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