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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783913/a-systematic-review-of-functional-communication-training-fct-interventions-involving-augmentative-and-alternative-communication-in-school-settings
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Virginia L Walker, Kristin J Lyon, Sheldon L Loman, Samuel Sennott
The purpose of this meta-analysis was to summarize single-case intervention studies in which Functional Communication Training (FCT) involving augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) was implemented in school settings. Overall, the findings suggest that FCT involving AAC was effective in reducing challenging behaviour and promoting aided or unaided AAC use among participants with disability. FCT was more effective for the participants who engaged in less severe forms of challenging behaviour prior to intervention...
June 2018: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772935/the-effects-of-literacy-interventions-on-single-word-reading-for-individuals-who-use-aided-aac-a-systematic-review
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Kelsey Mandak, Janice Light, Susannah Boyle
The purpose of this systematic review was to investigate the effects of instruction on single-word reading of individuals who use aided augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). A systematic search identified nine single-case experimental design studies that involved 24 individuals who used aided AAC. Overall, the evidence indicated that instruction had positive effects on reading at the single-word level for individuals across ages and diagnostic categories (i.e., autism spectrum disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy (CP), Down syndrome, and intellectual disability)...
May 18, 2018: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765567/effects-of-multimodal-communication-program-on-patients-with-chronic-aphasia-a-single-subject-a-b-a-design-study
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Shohre Kaviani, Afshin Samaei, Masoomeh Salmani, Noureddin Nakhostin Ansari, Farnaz Dehnavi, Ehsan Shahverdi
Background and aim: Aphasia as a common consequence of stroke, is an acquired neurologic communication disorder that can affect symbol language processing. Different types of intervention approaches have been introduced. Multimodal Communication Program (MCP) is a new augmentative alternative communication approach in chronic aphasia. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of MCP on communication skills of patients with chronic aphasia. Methods: This prospective, single subject, A-B-A design study was done during 2016 in Semnan, Iran...
March 2018: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762509/breathing-pattern-interpretation-as-an-alternative-and-effective-voice-communication-solution
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Yasmin Elsahar, Kaddour Bouazza-Marouf, David Kerr, Atul Gaur, Vipul Kaushik, Sijung Hu
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems tend to rely on the interpretation of purposeful gestures for interaction. Existing AAC methods could be cumbersome and limit the solutions in terms of versatility. The study aims to interpret breathing patterns (BPs) to converse with the outside world by means of a unidirectional microphone and researches breathing-pattern interpretation (BPI) to encode messages in an interactive manner with minimal training. We present BP processing work with (1) output synthesized machine-spoken words (SMSW) along with single-channel Weiner filtering (WF) for signal de-noising, and (2) k -nearest neighbor ( k-NN ) classification of BPs associated with embedded dynamic time warping (DTW)...
May 15, 2018: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760086/mapping-the-functional-anatomy-of-orai1-transmembrane-domains-for-crac-channel-gating
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Priscilla S-W Yeung, Megumi Yamashita, Christopher E Ing, Régis Pomès, Douglas M Freymann, Murali Prakriya
Store-operated Orai1 channels are activated through a unique inside-out mechanism involving binding of the endoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ sensor STIM1 to cytoplasmic sites on Orai1. Although atomic-level details of Orai structure, including the pore and putative ligand binding domains, are resolved, how the gating signal is communicated to the pore and opens the gate is unknown. To address this issue, we used scanning mutagenesis to identify 15 residues in transmembrane domains (TMs) 1-4 whose perturbation activates Orai1 channels independently of STIM1...
May 14, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29751828/augmentative-and-alternative-communication-in-children-with-down-s-syndrome-a-systematic-review
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Renata Thaís de Almeida Barbosa, Acary Souza Bulle de Oliveira, Jennifer Yohanna Ferreira de Lima Antão, Tânia Brusque Crocetta, Regiani Guarnieri, Thaiany Pedrozo Campos Antunes, Claudia Arab, Thaís Massetti, Italla Maria Pinheiro Bezerra, Carlos Bandeira de Mello Monteiro, Luiz Carlos de Abreu
BACKGROUND: The use of technology to assist in the communication, socialization, language, and motor skills of children with Down's syndrome (DS) is required. The aim of this study was to analyse research findings regarding the different instruments of 'augmentative and alternative communication' used in children with Down's syndrome. METHODS: This is a systematic review of published articles available on PubMed, Web of Science, PsycInfo, and BVS using the following descriptors: assistive technology AND syndrome, assistive technology AND down syndrome, down syndrome AND augmentative and alternative communication...
May 11, 2018: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29710313/gaze-toward-naturalistic-social-scenes-by-individuals-with-intellectual-and-developmental-disabilities-implications-for-augmentative-and-alternative-communication-designs
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Jiali Liang, Krista Wilkinson
Purpose: A striking characteristic of the social communication deficits in individuals with autism is atypical patterns of eye contact during social interactions. We used eye-tracking technology to evaluate how the number of human figures depicted and the presence of sharing activity between the human figures in still photographs influenced visual attention by individuals with autism, typical development, or Down syndrome. We sought to examine visual attention to the contents of visual scene displays, a growing form of augmentative and alternative communication support...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research: JSLHR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29710283/intervention-techniques-used-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-by-speech-language-pathologists-in-the-united-states-and-taiwan-a-descriptive-analysis-of-practice-in-clinical-settings
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Ming-Yeh Hsieh, Georgina Lynch, Charles Madison
Purpose: This study examined intervention techniques used with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in the United States and Taiwan working in clinic/hospital settings. The research questions addressed intervention techniques used with children with ASD, intervention techniques used with different age groups (under and above 8 years old), and training received before using the intervention techniques. Method: The survey was distributed through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to selected SLPs across the United States...
April 27, 2018: American Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29706101/a-systematic-review-of-predictors-moderators-and-mediators-of-augmentative-and-alternative-communication-aac-outcomes-for-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Stephanie B Sievers, David Trembath, Marleen Westerveld
Documented variability in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) intervention outcomes makes it difficult for clinicians to select systems most likely to be effective for individual children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The aim of this study was to identify child-related factors associated with AAC intervention outcomes through a systematic review of the research literature. A search was conducted of peer-reviewed research articles in which AAC intervention outcomes and associated factors were reported for children with ASD...
April 28, 2018: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29703090/using-eye-tracking-technology-for-communication-in-rett-syndrome-perceptions-of-impact
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Kelli Vessoyan, Gill Steckle, Barb Easton, Megan Nichols, Victoria Mok Siu, Janette McDougall
Studies have investigated the use of eye-tracking technology to assess cognition in individuals with Rett syndrome, but few have looked at this access method for communication for this group. Loss of speech, decreased hand use, and severe motor apraxia significantly impact functional communication for this population. Eye gaze is one modality that may be used successfully by individuals with Rett syndrome. This multiple case study explored whether using eye-tracking technology, with ongoing support from a team of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) therapists, could help four participants with Rett syndrome meet individualized communication goals...
April 27, 2018: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29702365/aac-services-for-multilingual-populations-south-african-service-provider-perspectives
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Kerstin M Tönsing, Karin van Niekerk, Georg I Schlünz, Ilana Wilken
BACKGROUND: In South Africa, many persons in need of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) come from multilingual backgrounds. There is as yet a limited evidence base (locally and internationally) for the provision of AAC services to multilingual populations. The perspectives of service providers can assist in gaining an understanding of current practices and the factors that influence these. AIMS: The study aimed to obtain the perspectives of AAC service providers about practices in providing AAC systems and AAC intervention to clients from multilingual backgrounds...
April 14, 2018: Journal of Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29697288/a-systematic-quality-review-of-high-tech-aac-interventions-as-an-evidence-based-practice
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Kristi L Morin, Jennifer B Ganz, Emily V Gregori, Margaret J Foster, Stephanie L Gerow, Derya Genç-Tosun, Ee Rea Hong
Although high-tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is commonly used to teach social-communication skills to people with autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disabilities who have complex communication needs, there is a critical need to evaluate the efficacy of this approach. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the quality of single-case experimental design research on the use of high-tech AAC to teach social-communication skills to individuals with autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disabilities who have complex communication needs, to determine if this intervention approach meets the criteria for evidence-based practices as outlined by the What Works Clearinghouse...
June 2018: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671920/who-said-dialogue-conversations-are-easy-the-communication-between-communication-vulnerable-people-and-health-care-professionals-a-qualitative-study
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Steffy E A Stans, Ruth J P Dalemans, Uta R Roentgen, Hester W H Smeets, Anna J H M Beurskens
OBJECTIVE: To gain insight into how communication vulnerable people and health-care professionals experience the communication in dialogue conversations, and how they adjust their conversation using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) or other communication strategies. METHODS: Communication vulnerable clients and health-care professionals in a long-term care institution were observed during a dialogue conversation (n = 11) and subsequently interviewed (n = 22) about their experiences with the conversation...
April 19, 2018: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667528/speech-and-language-therapists-views-about-aac-system-acceptance-by-people-with-acquired-communication-disorders
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Eliada Pampoulou
OBJECTIVE: Some adults with acquired communication disorders are faced with an inability to communicate coherently through verbal speech with their communication partners. Despite the fact that a variety of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) aided systems is available to assist them in communicating, not all adults accept them. In Cyprus, there is scant research focusing on the factors that are linked to AAC system acceptance and abandonment. METHODS: To address this gap, this research involves exploring the experiences of six speech and language therapists supporting adults with acquired communication disorders, who could benefit from the use of AAC systems...
April 18, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29661042/identification-and-drawing-of-early-concepts-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-children-without-disability
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John W McCarthy, Joann P Benigno, Jamie Broach, Jamie B Boster, Bridget M Wright
This comparative study is a replication and extension of previous work related to children's drawings of early concepts. In all, 15 children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 19 children without disability took part in the study, and were video recorded as they drew 10 early emerging concepts such as "eat" and "more." In a second task, the participants were asked to label Picture Communication Symbols conventionally used in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems. Descriptive, correlational, and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data...
April 16, 2018: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29658187/overview-of-intensive-care-unit-related-physical-and-functional-impairments-and-rehabilitation-related-devices
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Katie Koester, Heidi Troeller, Sara Panter, Emily Winter, Jayshil J Patel
Rehabilitation after critical illness requires a multidisciplinary effort. Nutrition support of critically ill patients aims to correct the imbalance between protein synthesis and protein degradation to maximize strengthening and muscle mass, whereas physical and occupational therapists focus on optimizing strength and mobility through functional activity to help intensive care (ICU) patients return to their precritical illness level of function and improve quality of life. Early mobility has become the new standard of care for ICU patients...
April 2018: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29642715/effects-of-dynamic-text-in-an-aac-app-on-sight-word-reading-for-individuals-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Jessica Caron, Janice Light, Christine Holyfield, David McNaughton
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of Transition to Literacy (T2L) software features (i.e., dynamic text and speech output upon selection of a graphic symbol) within a grid display in an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app, on the sight word reading skills of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and complex communication needs. The study implemented a single-subject multiple probe research design across one set of three participants. The same design was utilized with an additional set of two participants...
April 12, 2018: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29642712/methodological-advances-opportunities-and-challenges-in-aac-research
#18
Jennifer Kent-Walsh, Cathy Binger
Since its inception in 1985, the AAC journal has been publishing scientific articles related to the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) that (a) report research concerning assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, and education of people who use or have the potential to use AAC systems and (b) cover theory, technology, and systems development relevant to AAC. The journal has maintained a consistent focus on the science and practice of AAC while also advancing in varied and impressive ways...
April 12, 2018: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29594312/the-effect-of-partner-reauditorization-on-undergraduates-attitudes-toward-a-peer-who-communicates-with-augmentative-and-alternative-communication
#19
Jolene Hyppa-Martin, Joe Reichle
Purpose: This study compared college students' attitudes toward a peer who used a nonelectronic augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system with and without a partner reauditorization strategy and also examined the effect of reauditorization on reported (a) ease of understanding the peer who used AAC, (b) willingness to engage in interactions with the peer who used AAC, and (c) preferences regarding AAC systems. Method: Sixty-four participants completed surveys after viewing each of 2 counterbalanced conditions involving a video of a peer who communicated using AAC...
March 28, 2018: American Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29554196/speech-language-pathologist-interventions-for-communication-in-moderate-severe-dementia-a-systematic-review
#20
Katina Swan, Marie Hopper, Rachel Wenke, Claire Jackson, Tracy Till, Erin Conway
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the evidence for direct and indirect interventions for communication in people with moderate-severe dementia. Method: A systematic search of the literature was conducted, as per the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysed guidelines, across 8 electronic databases. Studies were included if they included direct or indirect interventions, which could be administered by a speech-language pathologist to people with moderate-severe dementia (defined as having Mini-Mental State Examination of ≤ 15; Folstein, Folstein, & McHugh, 1975)...
March 19, 2018: American Journal of Speech-language Pathology
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