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2012 Awards for Excellence
Article Type: 2012 Awards for Excellence From: Journal of Assistive Technologies, Volume 7, Issue 1
The following article was selected for this year's Outstanding Paper Award for Journal of Assistive Technologies
“Short-term outcomes of communication aid provision”
Michael Clarke, Caroline Newton, Jasmine Cherguit and Chris DonlanDevelopmental Psychology in the Developmental Science Research Department, Psychology and Language Sciences, University College London, London, UK
Jannet A. WrightFaculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Purpose – The aim of this study is to explore short-term outcomes of communication aid provision from the perspective of children with complex communication needs.
Design/methodology/approach – A total of ten children were interviewed at two time points. The first interviews took place before or within two weeks of the arrival of a new communication aid. A second follow-up interview was carried out between six and ten weeks later. Initial interviews explored children's views concerning their ability to engage in school activities that they deemed important but difficult to achieve. First interviews also examined children's self-perceptions related to their self-efficacy and self-esteem, and perceptions of others' attitudes towards themselves. Children's views concerning the likely impact of the new communication aid on taking part in activities and their self-concepts were also explored. The follow-up interviews asked children to reflect on the short-term impact of the new communication aid.
Findings – Children reported expected and unexpected positive changes at follow-up. Notably, unanticipated and undesirable changes were also reported.
Originality/value – The paper addresses the critical issue of early outcomes following communication aid provision from the viewpoint of children themselves.
Keywords Augmentative and alternative communication, Children (age groups), Outcomes, Interviews, Views
This article originally appeared in Volume 5 Number 4, 2011, pp. 169-80, Journal of Assistive Technologies
The following articles were selected for this year's Highly Commended Award
“The limitations of speech control: perceptions of provision of speech-driven environmental controls”
Simon Judge, Zoe Robertson and Mark Hawley
This article originally appeared in Volume 5 Number 1, Journal of Assistive Technologies
“Emergence of working memory in children using aided communication”
Asmita Patel, Rachel Calam and Angela Latham
This article originally appeared in Volume 5 Number 4, Journal of Assistive Technologies
“ENDEA': a case study of multidisciplinary practice in the development of assisted technologies for older adults in Ireland”
Cathy Bailey, Julie Doyle, Susan Squires, Cliodhna ni Scanaill, Chie Wei Fan, Cormac Sheehan, Clodagh Cunningham and Ben Dromey
This article originally appeared in Volume 5 Number 3, Journal of Assistive Technologies
Maurice MulvennaUniversity of Ulster, UK
John WoolhamCoventry University, UK