Journal article

Parents and children with cerebral palsy discuss communication needs in hospital

Bronwyn Hemsley, Melissa Kuek, Kaely Bastock, Nerina Scarinci, Bronwyn Davidson

Developmental Neurorehabilitation | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2013

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to understand the communication needs and experiences of parents and children with cerebral palsy (CP) and complex communication needs (CCN) in hospital. METHODS: Focus groups with 10 parents and interviews with seven children with CP and CCN were analysed for content themes. RESULTS: Results demonstrated that children often want to communicate directly with hospital staff to: gain attention, answer yes/no, convey basic physical needs, give and receive information, control their environment and participate in preferred activities. Barriers to communication included lack of access to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), staff preferring to com..

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