A Communication Requirements Research of Children with Severe Cerebral Palsy


This study looks into the communication needs of a young cerebral palsy (CP) patient with severe physical disability and speech impairment. This individual case study involves interviews with the caretaker, observation of the patient's living habits, and development of customized assistive technology. A vocabulary database of the patient is made for the development of an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) system. This research looks into previous research and literature for a general understanding of the potential difficulties of a CP patient, and then gathers individual data through interviews and observations. A foot-controlled computer cursor device is then developed to enhance the abilities of the patient's foot, enabling him to use a computer. Finally, data of the communication needs of the patient is collected and a set of scenario emoticon are designed.

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Yu-Wei Tseng, Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
Wen-Huei Chou, Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

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Conference: ACAH2016
Stream: Humanities - Media, Film Studies, Theatre, Communication

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