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ERIC Number: EJ909473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1750-9467
Communication Assessment for Individuals with Rett Syndrome: A Systematic Review
Sigafoos, Jeff; Kagohara, Debora; van der Meer, Larah; Green, Vanessa A.; O'Reilly, Mark F.; Lancioni, Giulio E.; Lang, Russell; Rispoli, Mandy; Zisimopoulos, Dimitrios
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, v5 n2 p692-700 Apr-Jun 2011
We reviewed studies that aimed to determine whether behaviors, such as body movements, vocalizations, eye gaze, and facial expressions, served a communicative function for individuals with Rett syndrome. A systematic search identified eight studies, which were summarized in terms of (a) participants, (b) assessment targets, (c) assessment protocols, (d) main findings, and (e) evidence of communication. The eight studies included 41 females with Rett syndrome, ranging from 2.7 (years.months) to 36 years of age. All studies used direct behavioral observations to assess participants' behavior. Half the studies also used standardized assessments and interviews. Evidence of communication behavior was found for at least some participants in each study, but the validity of this evidence is unknown. Still, the observation-based approaches described in these studies may enable clinicians to identify a range of potential communicative forms and functions, which could be useful for intervention planning. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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