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

Young Adults

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.

All participants felt that their communication difficulties were a factor in them feeling lonely. They said that lack of time and appropriate service support created difficulties in developing social networks.

Some suggestions are made about provision of services that could be beneficial in supporting young adults with cerebral palsy to develop and maintain social networks.

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Added to site May 2015