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Augment Altern Commun. 2014 Sep;30(3):237-51. doi: 10.3109/07434618.2014.940464. Epub 2014 Aug 13.

Social participation of school-aged children who use communication aids: the views of children and parents.

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School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University , Hamilton, Ontario , Canada.


Social participation is crucial for children's development and well-being; however, little is known about the social participation of children who use communication aids. This article presents findings from interviews with eight 5- to 14-year-old children who used communication aids and their parents about social participation, communicative interactions, and peer relationships. Video- and audio-recordings were transcribed and analyzed using thematic content analysis, and five themes were identified. Two themes reflect parents' views: Communication partners and strategies and Access to aided communication. Three themes reflect perceptions expressed both by children and parents: Participation in society, Interaction opportunities, and Social relationships. The findings provide insights into both the achievements and the challenges experienced by young people who use aided communication.


Aided communication; Augmentative and alternative communication; Children; Complex communication needs; Interview; Participation

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