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unaided communication

methods of communication that do not involve a piece of additional equipment such as speaking, gesturing or signing, as described on the Communication Matters website http://www.communicationmatters.org.uk/glossary-term/unaided-communication

Beliefs and habits: staff experiences with key word signing in special schools and group residential homes (summary)

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signing
 
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homes

Background

Up to around a quarter of adults with learning disabilities (LD) use key word signing (KWS); using signs to support important words in their spoken language. Some users might use KWS as an alternative communication system without speech. KWS is used to support both expressive and receptive language. It is thought that the use of KWS, adding a visual input to the auditory given by speech, helps to support understanding. In addition the use of KWS usually slows the rate of speech and might simplify the message.

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Beliefs and habits: staff experiences with key word signing in special schools and group residential homes (short summary)

Staff
experiences
 
with
 
key
 
word
signing
 
in
 
special
schools
 
and
residential
 
homes

This study used interview data to investigate the views of 5 teachers and 5 support staff working with people with learning disabilities (LD) who used key word signing (KWS) towards its use. The attitudes of communication partners to the use of KWS are key to its success. Without a positive view it is less likely to be used successfully by and with people who have LD.

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