Communicating without Speech: Practical Augmentative and Alternative Communication Clinics for Children / Edition 1

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This volume presents current research and accepted good practice in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. The authors give detailed information on the neurology of speech and language, and offer guidelines for the assessment of non-speaking children. The chapters discuss such topics as issues of prognosis for speech, timing of intervention, and the importance of working within a multidisciplinary framework. The central role of families and schools in the successful introduction and support of AAC for social communication and curriculum access is recognized, and a range of AAC systems and resources are described, as are the views of AAC users and their families.
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For doctors and other health professionals who may have no prior knowledge of the field, specialists in speech pathology and therapy identify other ways children may be enabled to communication when physical or learning disabilities fail to develop sufficient speech for successful communication. Among them are manual signing, symbol charts, and electronic voice- output communication aids. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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(d.o.b. 14.7.60) - specialist speech and language therapists at Guy's Hospital - part-time lecturer City University, London and University College London - specialises in areas of cerebral palsy, learning disability, autism, feeding, augmentative & alternative communication and play & communication - lectures in UK and internationally on specialist subjects - authored chapters on cerebral palsy, play Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Council for Professionals Supplementary to Medicine International Society for Augmentative & Alternative Communication

(d.o.b.3.10.46) – research speech and language therapist, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital - specialises in cerebral palsy, feeding and augmentative and alternative communication - member of MacKeith Meeting Committee at Royal Society of Medicine - authored chapters on feeding disabled children - lectures on specialist subjects in UK and internationally Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist Council for Professionals Supplementary to Medicine International Cerebral Palsy Society European Academy of Childhood Disability

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Table of Contents

1. The neurology of speech and language disorders in children.

Part I: Disorders of comprehension and inner language (J. Keith Brown and Mary E. O'Regan).

2. The neurology of speech and language disorders in children.

Part II: Disorders of speech (Mary E. O'Regan and J. Keith Brown).

3. Who needs augmentative communication, and when? (Martin Bax, Lesley Carroll-Few and Helen Cockerill).

4. Assessing children for augmentative and alternative communication (Helen Cockerill and Prue Fuller(.

5. Working with families to introduce augmentative and alternative communication systems (Mats Granlund, Eva Björk-Akesson, Cecilia Olsson and Bitte Rydeman).

6. Supporting children using augmentative and alternative communication in school (Sally Millar).

7. The impart of adoloscence on the use of voice output communication aids (Pam Stevenson).

8. Supporting augmentative and alternative communication (Susan Balandin and Tessa Barnes-Hughes).

9. Experiences of children and families who use augmentative and alternative communication compiled by Gillian Hazell, Lesley Carroll-Few and Helen Cockerill.

10. Communication resources (Gillian Hazell and Helen Cockerill).


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