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AAC as universal design within dental services for children

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Aim: The purpose of this ongoing study is to investigate the perceptions of AAC used as a support within public dental services for children. Data will be collected from staff, parents and from a group of children. 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 public dental clinics have been provided with knowledge about communication, communicative rights, disability and AAC. A set-up of AAC tools, information letter with pictorial support, visual schedules and communication board, is now being developed. This ongoing study is the first to evaluate KomHIT implemented in public dental services for children. Parents to children with and without communicative difficulties and staff will be asked about their opinions of the communicative support that was provided. Both questionnaires and focus group interviews will be used. A group of children will also be interviewed. The results of different subgroups of children will be compared and discussed, for example in regard to communicative disability, age and language situation.
Results and conclusion: The results of both questionnaires and interviews in this study will be shared during the presentation. The tools that were used and the webb-resources that has been developed in KomHIT will also be demonstrated.

Author(s):

Thunberg Gunilla    
DART centre of AAC and AT
Sweden

Lisa Bengtsson    
Centre for Oral Health, University of Gothenburg
Sweden

Ingrid Mattson-Müller    
DART Centre for AAC and AT
Sweden

Agnes Gustafsson    
Department of Health and Rehabilitation, University of Gothenburg
Sweden

Jonna Gunnerek    
Department of Health and Rehabilitation, University of Gothenburg
Sweden

 

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