Communication accessibility in children’s community activities: A scoping review of the literature

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Abstract

Introduction: Community participation is a vital part of childhood, being a fundamental right with benefits including developmental skills, friendships, and social inclusion. However, existing literature indicates that community participation is not equally accessible to children with disabilities. Further, little is known about communication accessibility for these children, especially those with complex communication needs (CCN). Increased understanding of existing research into community participation for children with CCN is therefore needed.
Method: A scoping review regarding community participation experiences for children with disabilities was conducted, with a specific focus on community participation of children with CCN. National and international research and policy documents were included. Analysis of the literature highlight children’s and parents’ voices.
Results: Research is currently limited to five studies that explored community participation for children with CCN. These studies were conducted in Australia, Canada, and England with two studies asking parents to complete questionnaires, while the other three interviewed child (3-21 years) and parent dyads. This literature indicates that children with CCN have significantly reduced community participation compared to their typically developing peers, impacted by their age, intelligibility, use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and communication partners. Despite the barriers, these children show a strong desire for community participation and activities with a social focus.
Conclusions: Results indicate that community participation is not equally accessible to children with CCN. Future research is necessary to identify how speech pathologists, families, and community members can collaborate to create communication accessible community activities for children with CCN.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023
Event32nd World Congress of the International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP) 2023: IALP 2023 - The Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 20 Aug 202324 Aug 2023
https://ialpauckland2023.org/

Conference

Conference32nd World Congress of the International Association of Communication Sciences and Disorders (IALP) 2023
Abbreviated titleTogether Towards Tomorrow
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period20/08/2324/08/23
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