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Augmentative and alternative communication for children with speech, language and communication needs

Griffiths, Tom; Clarke, Michael; Price, Katie; (2022) Augmentative and alternative communication for children with speech, language and communication needs. Paediatrics and Child Health , 32 (8) pp. 277-281. 10.1016/j.paed.2022.05.001. Green open access

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Abstract

Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is the collective term for a broad range of techniques, strategies and devices which can support children with communication difficulties who may have little or no intelligible speech. This may include manual signs or systems of symbols, words or letters that can be used to construct messages and convey meaning. This review discusses the ways in which AAC systems are categorized and outlines some key principles of assessment and intervention, using the World Health Organization's International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health for Children and Young People as a proposed framework to guide decision-making. The review is aimed at healthcare professionals working with children that may benefit from AAC. It highlights that children who may make use of AAC are a heterogeneous group and it is considered best practice for interventions to be highly individualized, taking into account the motor, sensory, learning and communication needs of each child, as well as their environment, personal preferences and support structures.

Type: Article
Title: Augmentative and alternative communication for children with speech, language and communication needs
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.paed.2022.05.001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paed.2022.05.001
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: AAC, augmentative and alternative communication, communication aids, communication disorders, disability, ICF-CY
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10151176
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