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ComAlong PIMD – evaluation of a communication course for parents of children with multiple disabilities

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ComAlong PIMD – evaluation of a communication course for parents of children with multiple disabilities. Preliminary results.

Background:
ComAlong is a parental course about communication, communication development, play, responsive communication strategies and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) developed within the Swedish project AKKtiv (Augmentative and Alternative Communication- Early Intervention). The ComAlong course generally targets parents of children with different diagnoses. This evaluation is made on a ComAlong course that is adapted specifically to parents of children with PIMD.

Aim:
The aim of this study is to investigate the possible change in the communication style of parents during and after taking part in the ComAlong PIMD course.

Method:
Three families starting the ComAlong PIMD course in November 2015 will participate in the study. During five home visits parent-child interaction will be video recorded. The video recordings will be analyzed using the Responsive Augmentative and Alternative Communication style Scale (RAACS). The video analysis will be completed with interviews with the participating families and the course leaders, addressing the parents perceptions of the effect of the course on their communication with their children and the course leaders adaption of the course to the PIMD group.

Result and conclusion:
During the presentation the preliminary results will be presented and discussed. The adapted ComAlong PIMD course format will also be described and some video examples will be shared.

Author(s):

Anna Rensfeldt Flink    
Habilitering och Hälsa, Västra Götalandsregionen
Sweden

Gunilla Thunberg    
DART, Sahlgrenska University Hospital
Sweden

Malin Broberg    
Habilitering och Hälsa, Västra Götalandsregionen
Sweden

 

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