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Commentary on “Use of key word signing for children and adults with intellectual disability in an Irish context”

Nicola Clare Grove (Warminster, UK)

Tizard Learning Disability Review

ISSN: 1359-5474

Article publication date: 13 August 2019

Issue publication date: 13 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the use of key word sign by staff in organisations working with children and adults who have intellectual disabilities.

Design/methodology/approach

This commentary provides an overview of both historical and recent research in this area.

Findings

After a dearth of research on signing, new studies are emerging, but appear to identify the same issues – and many of the same solutions – as those from 40 years ago.

Social implications

Sign needs to be seen as a cultural intervention necessitating attitude change and policy development.

Originality/value

Paradigm shifts in the field of intervention and in AAC are needed to address these issues.

Keywords

Citation

Grove, N.C. (2019), "Commentary on “Use of key word signing for children and adults with intellectual disability in an Irish context”", Tizard Learning Disability Review, Vol. 24 No. 3, pp. 121-125. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLDR-04-2019-0018

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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