More than 0.5% of children and adolescents have complex communication disabilities, which in absence of any interventions, may influence development, especially of cognitive and relational areas. It is necessary to enhance the existing communication strategies through Augmentative and Alternative Communication, in order to by pass the communication deficit and reactivate interactions and development. Symbol systems may be used, or photos, digital recorders that may "lend" the voice when necessary, assistive technology, or systems that allow functional reading and writing for people that have not reached alphabetical access or cannot use a pen. The system has to be multimodal in nature, flexible and sized on each individual; it has to follow the changing needs of the child due to growth and actively involve family and life context, according to a participated model. This article describes some of these aspects and their implications.
|Translated title of the contribution||Augmentative and Alternative Communication in children and adolescents|
|Title of host publication||Quaderni ACP|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health