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AAC as a support during clinical assessment and intervention within child psychiatry

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Aim: The purpose of this ongoing study is to investigate the perceptions of AAC used as a support during clinical assessment and intervention at a child psychiatry clinic. Data will be collected from staff, parents and also children themselves using a Talking mats format. The study is part of the KomHIT project aiming at improving the communicative rights of children with disabilities during hospital and dental care using the principle of universal design and AAC methods.
Method: Within the frames of the KomHIT project different hospital clinics have been provided with knowledge about communication, communicative rights, disability and AAC. The child psychiatry clinic in this study serves children with severe psychiatric disorders of different types, also including communication difficulties of different degrees, for example: selective mutism, psychosis and Tourettes syndrome. The tools that will be implemented includes (a) a general information leaflet with legible text and pictorial illustrations and (b) visual schedules and communication boards adapted to specific situations/processes. Parents to children with communicative disability and staff will be asked about their opinions of the communicative support that was provided using questionnaires and focus group interviews. A group of children will also be interviewed using a Talking Mats format.
Results and conclusion: The results of both questionnaires and interviews in this study will be shared during the presentation. The tools and webb-resources that were used will also be demonstrated.

Author(s):

Gunilla Thunberg    
DART Centre for AAC and AT
Sweden

Ingrid Mattsson-Müller    
DART Centre for ACC and AT
Sweden

Johanna Beijer    
Department of Health and Rehabilitation, University of Gothenburg
Sweden

Emelie Karlsson    
Department of Health and Rehabilitation, University of Gothenburg
Sweden

 

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