Developing personal identity through story telling

David A. O'Mara, Annalu Waller, Lesley Tait, Hilary Hood, Lynda Booth, Bernadette Brophy-Arnott

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    Everyone is an individual whether they are disabled or not. Children develop an identity from the moment they are born. The interaction of child and environment together with the genetic inheritance of the child contribute to the development of personality. Children usually have a natural desire to become more independent as they grow. Many disabled children struggle to develop their personal identity because of factors such as over-protection and imposed limitations which can lead to learned helplessness. Research at Dundee has focussed on the interactive communication needs of children with severe expressive communication impairments. Communicating successfully is an essential tool for independence. It also allows the individual to develop self-image and hence a personal identity.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2000
    EventIEE Seminar on Speech and Language Processing for Disabled and Elderly People - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 4 Apr 20004 Apr 2000


    ConferenceIEE Seminar on Speech and Language Processing for Disabled and Elderly People
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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