The speech generating device (SGD) mentoring programme: an evaluation by participants

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TitleThe speech generating device (SGD) mentoring programme: an evaluation by participants
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractPurpose: In this paper the perceptions of three mentors and three mentees who took part in a speech generating device (SGD) mentoring programme are presented. The aims of the study were to investigate the participants’ views on taking part in the mentoring programme and their satisfaction with the outcomes. Method: Information was gathered through semi-structured interviews with the six mentoring programme participants. Interview data were analysed for content themes. Results: Thematic analysis revealed six themes. Of these themes, five were identified in both the mentor and mentee’s data. These themes were: satisfaction with the SGD mentoring programme, mentee improvement in SGD use, the importance of a role model of SGD use, the SGD mentoring relationship as a helping relationship, and SGD mentoring contributes to mentor self-esteem. The remaining theme, mentors who use an SGD learn from the mentoring experience, was generated from the mentor’s data only. Conclusions: The results of this study provide initial evidence in support of mentoring among people who use an SGD. A total of five of the six participants perceived that people learning an SGD can benefit from SGD mentoring by experienced users of SGDs and agreed on a need for such mentoring programmes to improve SGD use.
AuthorsBallin, L., Balandin S., and Stancliffe R. J.
Year of Publication2013
PublicationDisability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
ISSN1748-3107 (print), 1748-3115 (online)
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Keywords (MeSH)adolescent, adult, attitude of health personnel, mentors, patient satisfaction, professional-patient relations, speech disorders, young adult