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The emergence of augmentative and alternative communication in Kyrgyzstan

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The emergence of augmentative and alternative communication in Kyrgyzstan

Dzamilya Dunganova
Kyrgyz State University named after I. Arabaev, Bishkek

Stephen von Tetzchner
Department of Psychology, University of Oslo


In Kyrgyzstan, governmental and non-governmental organizations provide assistance to children with severe disabilities, including children with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability and motor disability, for whom augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) may be essential. However, many professionals do not know about AAC and there are no certified AAC specialists in Kyrgyzstan. However, AAC is slowly emerging. ”Hand in Hand” provides psychological and pedagogical services to children with autism spectrum disorders. Some of their psychologists use elements from PECS but have found that these methods are not sufficient. They express a need for learning about different approaches to AAC. In Kyrgyzstan, children with severe disabilities do not attend public special kindergartens and schools because they lack appropriate teaching methods and trained professionals. The children attend institutions run by non-governmental organizations that mainly provide care and give the children a place to be. This means that the children are not given optimal developmental conditions. Recently Kyrgyzstan has started to implement an early intervention programme that includes AAC. It is hoped that in the future practitioners will be given AAC training and that AAC will be included in basic and advanced university courses in psychology, speech therapy and special education, and that this will give children and adults in Kyrgyzstan who lack speech better access to communication and social participation.

Author(s):

Dzamilya Dunganova    
Kyrgyz State University named after I. Arabaev
Kyrgyzstan

Stephen von Tetzchner    
Department of Psychology, University of Oslo
Norway

 

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