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Augmentative and alternative communication for children with cerebral palsy

Clarke, MT; Price, K; Griffiths, T; (2016) Augmentative and alternative communication for children with cerebral palsy. Paediatrics and Child Health , 26 (9) pp. 373-377. 10.1016/j.paed.2016.04.012. Green open access

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Abstract

Children with cerebral palsy (CP) can experience a range of significant speech, language and communication difficulties. Those children with little or no intelligible speech can benefit from the provision of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. AAC approaches include training in the use of manual signs and/or symbol systems, as part of a ‘total communication’ approach, whereby all possible communicative modalities are considered as potentially useful. For children with severe motor impairment where the potential for signing is limited, intervention typically focuses on supporting symbol use through the provision of high-tech and low-tech communication systems. This review describes the categories of AAC systems available to children with CP, and outlines AAC assessment and intervention principles, drawing on the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF-CY). Given the complex health, motor, sensory, learning and communication needs of children with CP, AAC related assessment and intervention requires a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Type: Article
Title: Augmentative and alternative communication for children with cerebral palsy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.paed.2016.04.012
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paed.2016.04.012
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licenses are available at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/. Access may be initially restricted by the publisher.
Keywords: Cerebral palsy, children, augmentative and alternative communication, dysarthria, international classification of function, disability and health
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
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
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
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1477557
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