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The Success and Impact of a Multidisciplinary Approach: A case study

Practice Report
  • Sandra Ferne (Treloar College)
  • Amanda Anderson (Treloar College)

To share a case study about a 21 year old, visually impaired, non-verbal female student's perservance in developing an auditory access and partner assisted method. The importance of a multidisciplinary approach to encourage a passive and easily influenced individual to evolve into a proactive and independent communicator.


Initially, an AAC and visual impairment assessment within a multidisciplinary team. Reviewed her existing wordbook and developed a simple auditory scanning, partner assisted wordbook. Numerous types of switch and switch positions were considered and her seating reviewed. OT worked on switch cause and effect activities. New wordbook was colour coded (for facilitator) and categorised. High-tech device with increasingly complex communicaiton programme was trialled.


Multiple factors influenced the success of this intervention, such as a close multidisciplinary team and an holistic approach. Also the consistency between low- and high-tech AAC systems led to increased acceptance and ownership of new device by SC and staff. Development of the auditory wordbook presented many challenges and took time to overcome.


Increased ability to transfer skills and knowledge gained from wordbook to high-tech device. The necessity to work within a multidisciplinary team with a highly complex student. The success of this intervention would not have been possible without a sufficient amount of time.

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