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Staff perceptions of communications with a partner who is intellectually disabled.

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McConkey, Roy, Purcell, Margaret and Morris, Irene (1999) Staff perceptions of communications with a partner who is intellectually disabled. Journal of Applied Research in Learning Disabilities, 12 . pp. 204-210. [Journal article]

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Nineteen staff employed in small-scale residential and day services were video-recorded interacting in with a client whom they knew well in two different contexts; either social, consultative or task-related. Prior to each session, staff rated themselves and the clients on how likely they were to use a range of communication acts. These ratings were repeated after the session and the video-recordings were rated similarly by two speech and language therapists. Although staff were able to predict and adapt their communications across the three contexts, their perceptions of communication were dominated by the use or non-use of a 'teaching' strategy; that is one based around corrections, giving instructions and reinforcements, and the use of pointing and touch. Staff were less able to predict and assess the use of other verbal acts, such as commenting, and non-verbal signals such as facial expressions and gestures both by themselves and by the clients.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Nursing
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
ID Code:18389
Deposited By:Prof Roy McConkey
Deposited On:19 May 2011 13:02
Last Modified:19 May 2011 13:02

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