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Brazilian Family Attitudes toward Aided Communication intervention and Use

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Background and Aim: Parents are the most important part of language-supportive environment of young aided communicators, and their attitudes to aided communication is decisive for the quality of the quality of the language environment. This study presents attitudes of Brazilian families’ to the their child’s use of communication aids.
Method: Ten families of Brazilian with aided communicators aged 5–15 years were Interviewed and completed checklist about the child’s communication.
Results: The family’s participation in the selection, implementation and follow-up of the graphic system was critical to the child’s access and functional use in different natural environments.
Conclusion: Inclusion of parents in intervention programs and collaboration with parents in the decision process related to their child’s alternative means of communication seem to lead to greater parental awareness of the child’s need for a graphic communication system, and to greater communicative interaction with the aided communicator in various situations.


Department of Special Education - UNESP/BRAZIL

Stephen von Tetzchner    
Department of Psychology/University of Oslo


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