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ERIC Number: EJ899061
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0265-6590
A Graphic Symbol Tool for the Evaluation of Communication, Satisfaction and Priorities of Individuals with Intellectual Disability Who Use a Speech Generating Device
Valiquette, Christine; Sutton, Ann; Ska, Bernadette
Child Language Teaching and Therapy, v26 n3 p303-319 Oct 2010
This article reports on the views of individuals with learning disability (LD) on their use of their speech generating devices (SGDs), their satisfaction about their communication, and their priorities. The development of an interview tool made of graphic symbols and entitled Communication, Satisfaction and Priorities of SGD Users (CSPU) is described in detail. The tool was used to support comprehension and to elicit the opinions of eight individuals with LD who had severe communication disorders. Most participants reported that they did not use their SGDs in situations in which they needed them in order to communicate effectively. The participants' parents corroborated these statements but they identified priorities that were different from their child's. The results emphasize the necessity of permitting individuals with severe communication disorders to take part in decision-making by indicating their satisfaction and priorities for intervention. Methodological issues and future use of the evaluation tool in research and in clinical settings are discussed. (Contains 2 tables, 5 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada