Skattning av kommunikativ förmåga hos vuxna brukare på daglig verksamhet : En pilotstudie av ett klassifikationssystem för personal och närstående
Sammanfattning: Communication difficulties are common in individuals with different types of disabilities. Hence, many may need Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) to be able to communicate. Communication is the foundation of all social relations and studies report that insufficient communication can lead to reduced quality of life and be a predictor for behavioral problems. Even though communication is important there are indications that many individuals with communication difficulties do not get the support they need. People in the individuals’ network, such as family and personnel, play an important role in identifying these individuals, but to date there is no simple tool for that purpose. The aim of this pilot study was therefore to investigate if the Communication Function Classification System (CFCS) could be used to classify the communicative ability in adults attending a day center. Individuals attending day centers usually have disabilities that involve communication difficulties. The participants (n = 9) were family members (n = 3), personnel at day centers (n = 5) and speech-language pathologist (n = 1). The participants classified the communicative abilities of two individuals using CFCS. Two statistical measures, average deviation and percent agreement, were used to calculate the inter-rater reliability. The total average deviation was 0,2 and the total percent agreement was 65 %, which indicate that CFCS can be used to classify the communicative ability in adults attending a day center. However, the participants addressed some critique toward CFCS, therefore future studies should consider using another tool for identifying communication difficulties.
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