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AUGMENTATIVE AND ALTERNATIVE COMMUNICATION THERAPEUTIC EXPERIENCE: INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP SPACES IN MENTAL HEALTH IN BRAZIL

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Aim: The everyday work at the “Centro de Atenção Psicossocial Infanto-Juvenil Recriar (Guarulhos-SP-Brazil)” with children and teenagers with severe mental disorders associated with language problems and great damage to social environment, directed to the development of an Augmentative and Alternative Communication Project (AAC) as a psychosocial care strategy. Describing the use of AAC on a group context to promote communication and social interaction of individuals with mental disorders and serious damage on oral language.
Method: The project has been done by a speech therapist and an occupational therapist, on an interdisciplinary perspective, in group mode, with children and teenagers with mental disorders, during the period of five years. Weekly group meetings were held, for one hour duration each, using as a therapeutic strategy the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Project (AAC). Such approach has been extended to other social places, involving their families.
Results: Significant improvements were observed in communication, with positive impact on family dynamics and their social interaction. It has been found desirable reduction in agitation and aggressiveness, as while those individuals were having support for oral language to express feelings and unique desires.
Conclusion: The use of AAC on mental disorders individuals in which there is serious damage on oral language, in the context studied, it was an effective strategy on the reorganization of subjective experiences and social participation of patients involved. On this way, the AAC strategies may be considered an instrument that can support the psychic functioning and citizenship of people with mental disorder.

Author(s):

CAROLINE LOPES BARBOSA    
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUCSP)
Brazil

Luciana Wolff    
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUCSP)
Brazil

Cinthia Mayumi Saito Corrales    
Brazil

Luiz Augusto de Paula Souza    
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUCSP)
Brazil

Maria Claudia Cunha    
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUCSP)
Brazil

 

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