Gormley, J., & Light, J. (2018, July). Child-parent-provider interactions during medical encounters on an inpatient rehabilitation unit: A preliminary investigation. Poster presented at the State of the Science Conference of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC), Arlington, Va.
- In hospital settings, many young children with severe communication disabilities rely on AAC strategies to communicate with hospital staff.
- Unfortunately, these children are at increased risk for experiencing preventable adverse events (e.g., medication errors) and communication challenges with staff (Blackstone, Beukelman, & Yorkston, 2015) which can contribute to poor health outcomes.
- In order to support children with severe communication disabilities, hospital staff must understand the complex contextual factors influencing hospital interactions.
- Gormley and Light (2018) completed this observational study in order to describe and better understand the communication interactions among a young child with a severe communication disability, her parents, and medical personnel on an inpatient rehabilitation unit.
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