An Examination of Relations Between Participation, Communication and Age in Children with Complex Communication Needs

Michael Clarke (Lead / Corresponding author), Caroline Newton, Konstantinos Petrides, Tom Griffiths, Andrew Lysley, Katie Price

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine variation in the frequency of children’s participation in out-of-school activities as a function of speech intelligibility, perceived effectiveness of the child’s communication aid, and age. Sixty-nine caregivers of children with complex communication needs provided with communication aids completed a questionnaire survey. Rate of participation was higher for younger than for older children, particularly in recreational activities. Younger children with partial intelligibility participated more frequently in recreational and social activities than both younger children without speech and older children. Results and limitations are discussed within the context of participation research in childhood disability, highlighting the impact of communicative resources and maturation on everyday participation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-51
Number of pages8
JournalAugmentative and Alternative Communication
Volume28
Issue number1
Early online date24 Feb 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

Keywords

  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Children
  • Complex communication needs
  • Communication aids
  • Speech
  • Participation

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