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Communication training for healthcare assistants supporting young people with complex communication needs

Session 
3.2
Research Stream
  • Cheryl Hanson (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Summary

This paper aims to evaluate existing communication partner training packages available for healthcare assistants working with young people with complex communication needs. This paper forms part of a PhD project to develop a communication training package in collaboration with the communication partners of young people with complex communication needs.

Method/Activities/Techniques

The PRISMA statement and checklist will be adopted to conduct a systematic review of current research in this area.

Results/Findings

The results expect to highlight a significant gap in communication training packages currently available for healthcare assistants working with young people with complex communication needs. It is expected that existing communication training packages will include: the use of observation scales, video feedback, intensive interaction techniques and multi-media profiling.

Conclusions

The need for developing communication training packages for healthcare assistants as a foundation block for AAC will be discussed in the context of current policy and special education.

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Level of Session 
General
Age Group 
Child
Adolescent
Interest 
Special school