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A survey of augmentative and alternative communication used in an inner city special school

Norburn, K., Morgan, S., Levin, A. and Harding, C. (2016). A survey of augmentative and alternative communication used in an inner city special school. British Journal of Special Education, 43(3), pp. 289-306. doi: 10.1111/1467-8578.12142

Abstract

This study surveyed staff use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) within a large inner city special school for children with complex needs and learning disabilities. A questionnaire asked 72 staff members about the range of AAC strategies they typically used during the working day and how often they used it; training they had received about AAC; and which AAC approaches they found easy to use and those they found difficult. A range of AAC approaches were identified by staff. Participant confidence and understanding of the reasons for using identified AAC strategies was reported to be one of the key barriers in implementing AAC effectively. The implications in relation to how children with complex needs receive support for their receptive and expressive communication within an education environment are discussed.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Norburn, K., Morgan, S., Levin, A. & Harding, C. (2016). A survey of augmentative and alternative communication used in an inner city special school. British Journal of Special Education, 43(3), pp. 289-306., which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8578.12142. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Publisher Keywords: learning disabilities; augmentative and alternative communication; special school provision
Subjects: L Education
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Language & Communication Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/15140
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