Abstract of T. Lebel lecture

T. Lebel


T. Lebel
University of HaifaIsrael

Communication, in all of its many forms, is valuable when utilized for
interacting with others. Augmentative and alternative communication
(AAC) is designed to enable people with complex communication
needs to express themselves, and to participate in all of their daily
activities. Research has shown that the success of the interactions of
people, who communicate through the use of AAC, is largely
dependent on the strategies and support they receive from their
conversational partners. The study that will be presented is part of a
larger formative evaluation of a training program administered at Beit
Noam, a day center for young adults with developmental disabilities,
many of whom experience significant difficulties in communication.
Participants included 26 volunteers (youths in the National Volunteer
Service) who were integrated as regular workers in Beit Noam, and
accompanied the students to all of their various activities. Since most
of the activities in this facility occur in groups, the need arose to
enable students who are not verbal to participate and be heard. The
role of communication facilitator was developed, to serve as a
mouthpiece for students who communicate through AAC, and
mediate, from a communication's perspective, between them and the
environment. The communication facilitators do not speak on behalf of
the AAC users, but rather amplify their expressions to all other group
members. The study follows the development of volunteers'
perceptions regarding their role as facilitators while considering the
contribution of the program designed to improve their abilities to
enable the students' to carry out communication.

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