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Analysis and enhancement of communication behaviour in children with cerebral palsy

Tait, K.,

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This thesis examined the idiosyncratic and subtle behaviours of children with cerebral palsy. It examined how mothers interpret the behaviour of their children as communicative and how this information may be used to enhance the child's communication skills. The findings suggested that the mothers interpreted many of the subtle and idiosyncratic behaviours exhibited by these children as forms of communication. The findings further showed that some of the behaviours reported by mothers could be reliably verified as forms of communication.Overall, the results from these three studies raise important issues about the similarities and differences in the conceptual and practical links between prelinguistic communication and functional behaviour. This thesis has also highlighted the need to refine the techniques used in the current research to enable children with cerebral palsy access to more effective communication interventions.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : University of Queensland PhD Thesis

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing, Transport and communication

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