Parental perspectives on their level of involvement during the selection and implementation of Hi-tech and Low-tech systems of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) for their child
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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To ensure family members of a child who uses AAC become active members of the intervention team, research into British family needs and concerns is warranted. Perspectives from 9 parents of children who attended special schools were collated surrounding their involvement in the selection and implementation of AAC for their child. The impact of AAC tech level was explored in relation to satisfaction, needs and expectations and results from two schools compared. All parents perceived the AAC strategies to be effective. None were involved in strategy selection; however, contradicting prior research, parents were satisfied with SLT decision-making. Training was insufficient and family circumstances and opinions were not discussed. Its effectiveness was associated with discussion of expectations and observation of family-member-child interaction. Despite additional training for hi-tech devices, parents were still concerned with their lack of expertise. Frustration was infrequent but more likely with low-tech strategies. Perspectives surrounding SLT knowledge and experience varied, however, a perception of experience was not linked to service satisfaction.
B.Sc.(Hons) Speech and Language Therapy
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