Speech-Language Pathologists' Perceptions of Implementing Communication Intervention with Students with Multiple and Severe Disabilities

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De Bortoli, Tania, Arthur-Kelly, Michael, Mathisen, Bernice and Balandin, Susan. 2014. "Speech-Language Pathologists' Perceptions of Implementing Communication Intervention with Students with Multiple and Severe Disabilities." Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 30 (1), pp. 55-70. https://doi.org/10.3109/07434618.2014.881916
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Speech-Language Pathologists' Perceptions of Implementing Communication Intervention with Students with Multiple and Severe Disabilities

ERA Journal ID9200
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsDe Bortoli, Tania, Arthur-Kelly, Michael, Mathisen, Bernice and Balandin, Susan
Journal TitleAugmentative and Alternative Communication
Journal Citation30 (1), pp. 55-70
Number of Pages16
YearMar 2014
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0743-4618
1477-3848
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3109/07434618.2014.881916
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/07434618.2014.881916
Abstract

The aim of the present study was to explore speech-language pathologists’ (SLPs) perceptions and experiences of factors influencing the implementation of communication interventions for students with multiple and severe disabilities. Eight SLPs in New South Wales, Australia, participated in individual interviews and a focus group. Interview transcripts were scrutinized using thematic analysis. Transcripts were coded into categories, which were then grouped to yield themes. Participants identified a broad range of themes, including SLPs’ experience and skills, professional development, and collaboration with teachers and families; as well as home and school contexts, the role of government departments, and broader societal factors. These complex influences suggest that systemic supports may be required at multiple levels in order to increase the likelihood of effective implementation of communication interventions for students with multiple and severe disabilities.

KeywordsMultiple and severe disabilities; Communication intervention; Implementation
Article Publishing Charge (APC) FundingOther
Contains Sensitive ContentDoes not contain sensitive content
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390411. Special education and disability
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Newcastle
Molde University College, Norway
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