Staff perceptions of communication with a partner who is intellectually disabled.
Source: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 12(3):204-210.
Abstract: A video recording was taken of 19 staff who worked at a small residential and day service while they interacted with a known client in two different contexts (selected from possible social, consultative or task-related). Prior to the recording, staff indicated how likely they and their clients were to use a range of communications. After the session these ratings were repeated. The recordings were also rated by a pair of speech and language therapists. Although staff predicted and adapted their communications across the three contexts. Their communication perceptions were dominated by use or non-use of a 'teaching' strategy, which bases corrections on instructions and reinforcement as well as the use of pointing and touching. Staff was less accurate at predicting and assessing the use of other verbal acts such as commenting, as well as non-verbal signals such as facial expressions and gestures of themselves and their clients. (CIRRIE Abstract)
Institution: Univ Ulster, Coleraine BT52 1SA, Londonderry, North Ireland