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This paper describes the organisation and procedures of the Communication Aids Centre for children at the Wolfson Centre, London, including a model for assessment and recommendation of appropriate aids, such as symbol charts, switches and speech synthesisers. Of the children seen over an 18-month period, most had cerebral palsy and two-thirds were(More)
The communication development in 11 children with Angelman's syndrome is described. The clinical observation that these children appear to have a greater ability with receptive rather than expressive language is investigated and these skills assessed using published communication schedules. In addition the understanding and the use of nonverbal(More)
BACKGROUND The Communication Aids Project (CAP) was a 4-year initiative by the UK Department for Education and Skills to provide communication equipment for students who were unable to speak in order to facilitate their access to education. Each child was given three goals or targets which were then evaluated after 6 months of provision of the communication(More)
Some children with severe motor disorders have unintelligible speech, and may be recommended augmentative communication systems, such as a symbol chart or a voice output aid. The paper reports the outcome after 15-18 months for 35 children of recommendations for augmentative communication. Using structured questionnaires, parents were asked whether(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify how services provided by child development teams (CDTs) have changed over 20 years. To what extent have major government initiatives aiming to improve the lives of children with disability and their families been implemented by teams? DESIGN Survey sent to every UK CDT in 2009/2010; comparison with data gathered in 1988 and 1999. (More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to determine whether UK child development teams (CDTs) have implemented good practice recommendations for the co-ordinated assessment and support of children with neurodisability and to explore some of the factors associated with variations in good practice implementation. DESIGN Surveys were sent to every UK CDT in(More)
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