Communication needs of twins with Angelman syndrome: a qualitative approach
Rachel L. Norris. (2012). Communication Needs of Twins with Angelman Syndrome: A Qualitative Approach. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.108-109
Families of children with low incidence, severe disabilities have unique needs, which may not be revealed through traditional assessment. Qualitative studies, using multiple data sources allow professionals a more realistic view from families’ perspectives. Nine year old twins with Angelman syndrome and their families participated in this qualitative study. Information from previous ethnographic interviews of family members revealed three domains. These domains then framed additional data collection using results from a questionnaire, parent interview, and observations at home. Two overarching themes were identified: current differences between the twins and ways each encounters communication and learning. These data will be used to address goals and intervention. Results demonstrate how qualitative approaches allow identification of children’s preferences and family’s priorities.
Paper presented to the 8th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, April 18, 2012.
Research completed at the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health Professions