The role of the Occupational Therapist within Augmentative and Alternative Communication.



Anonymous, (2009) The role of the Occupational Therapist within Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Other thesis, Queen Margaret University.

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Abstract

Social inclusion is at the forefront of the government agenda in the UK. However much of the research to date, in relation to individuals with complex communication needs who require AAC devices, prove that training in the use of these devices is not sufficiently client centred and goals orientated. Many studies have proven, as stated in the literature review, that AAC users discard devices due to the lack of sufficient support and training. Consequently preventing AAC users from reaching their potential when participating in meaningful occupational interactions. One reason for the poor outcomes for AAC intervention, is the lack of identified and defined roles of the professionals within AAC. Therefore through the use of a generic qualitative approach, using semi –structured interviews, the proposed study intends to identify and explore occupational therapists perceptions on the potential for the development of role of the OT in AAC. Through the use of thematic analysis, it is hoped that the findings generated will encourage further research to take place within the occupational therapy profession in order to further establish their role within AAC.

Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Subjects:School of Health Sciences > Occupational Therapy and Art Therapy
ID Code:582
Deposited By:Mrs Isabel Bentley
Deposited On:27 Jul 2011 16:40
Last Modified:27 Jul 2011 16:40

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