Reflections of Malaysian parents of children with developmental disabilities on their experiences with AAC

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Abstract

Parents play an important role in the successful implementation of AAC. Previous research has indicated that parents in different countries have varying perceptions about the use of AAC and face different challenges in its implementation. To date, there is limited information about the use of AAC by children in Malaysia or parents’ views about its use. The aim of this study was to explore Malaysian parents’ perception of AAC and their experience when supporting their children who use AAC. For this study, 12 parents of children with autism spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy were involved in semi-structured individual interviews. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyze interview data. Following analysis, three themes were identified: (a) impact of the use of AAC, (b) challenges faced, and (c) hopes and expectations. Participants reported that the use of AAC had a positive impact on their children, but that they faced challenges related to the child, the settings, and the system itself, as well as a lack of time and support. Findings from this study provide an insight for Malaysian speech therapists about the challenges faced by parents when supporting their children who use AAC, and how important it is to overcome these challenges to ensure successful implementation of AAC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 6 Apr 2017

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Keywords

  • augmentative and alternative communication
  • children
  • disabilities
  • families
  • Malaysia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing

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