Review of AAC interventions in persons with dementia

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dc.contributor.author May, Auriel A.
dc.contributor.author Dada, Shakila
dc.contributor.author Murray, Janice
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-29T09:48:24Z
dc.date.issued 2019-07
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND : Communication is an important priority in dementia research. Communication strategies and scaffolds, specifically through augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), offer vital compensatory support for persons with dementia in an attempt to maintain the latter's quality of life and well‐being through participation with others. To date, no research review has been published that synthesizes the current research of AAC in the field of dementia. AIMS : To provide an overview of current AAC strategies and techniques used for supporting communication in dementia by surveying the literature base in a systematic manner, synthesizing the findings and highlighting trends and gaps. METHODS AND PROCEDURES : A multifaceted search strategy included nine electronic database searches, using specific keywords. Application of predefined selection criteria during screening procedures led to the inclusion of 39 studies. Data were extracted and studies synthesized according to communication partners; description of AAC strategies and techniques; outcome measures; and communication outcomes. MAIN CONTRIBUTION : This review shows that the majority of the research to date has focused on supporting the interactions of persons with dementia of the Alzheimer's type (DAT) using non‐electronic memory and communication aids. Future research should focus on social participation and person‐centred communication to optimize functional communication with AAC. Training programmes targeting dyadic interaction and supporting persons with dementia from diverse ethnic backgrounds are avenues for further research. CONCLUSIONS : Research trends and, more importantly, the gaps highlighted in this research review present speech–language therapists and researchers with a set of current priorities that are necessary for the advancement of the knowledge base. en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2020-07-19
dc.description.librarian hj2019 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The Andrew Mellon Foundation and National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences. en_ZA
dc.description.uri https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14606984 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation May, A.A., Dada, S. & Murray, J. 2019, 'Review of AAC interventions in persons with dementia', International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, NYP. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1368-2822 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1460-6984 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1111/1460-6984.12491
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/71233
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Wiley en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019 Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article : 'Review of AAC interventions in persons with dementia', International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, vol. , no. , pp. , 2019, doi : 10.1111/1460-6984.12491. The definite version is available at : https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14606984. en_ZA
dc.subject Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) en_ZA
dc.subject Dementia of the Alzheimer's type (DAT) en_ZA
dc.subject Dementia en_ZA
dc.subject Communication en_ZA
dc.subject Interaction en_ZA
dc.subject Research review en_ZA
dc.title Review of AAC interventions in persons with dementia en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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