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Andrich R, Gower V, Milo A,
Albert, age 23: autonomy in writing and communicating
Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Gnocchi - Banca Dati dei Casi di Studio
Alberto is a young man with a complex clinical situation. During the rehabilitation program at our center we worked at meeting his main needs related to mobility, writing, communication and environmental control. In the course of the prgram, thanks to the assistive products available in our Assistive Technology Unit (which were properly configured according to his motor and cognitive impairments), Alberto gradually developed the skills needed to effectively use them. In the meanwhile his life situation changed due to external circumstances. He had the possibility to start attending a Day Centre (sheltered workshop) and thus spend the majority of his time away from home. At the end of the occupational therapy programme we suggested a list of assistive products, which the family agreed to but and place in the Day Centre. After a while we visited the Day Centre and had the opportunity to check the equipment and fix a number of mistakes that had been done in the installation stage. We could also discuss with the family and the Centre staff how to best exploit the potential of the assistive technology provided to Alberto. In the final assessment all the actors involved (Alberto, family, educators) expressed satisfaction with the work done and the choices made.
Year of publication: 2015
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: March 2016
Castellano G
Alessio, 33 years old. Autonomy in daily life for a person with spastic quadriplegia.
Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus
Alessio is a young man aged 33 with severe spastic quadriplegia, expressive aphasia, nystagmus, as results of a perinatal damage. This study aims to document the path of Alessio and of team of professionals who followed him: this experience involved Alessio’s parents, his caregiver and the whole team of the Centre. Considering the severity of the clinical situation, a multiprofessional approach was needed, in order to improve Alessio situation and to make him more independent, in particular as far as communication was concerned. Alessio has maintained a good level of symbolic cognitive ability, slightly below the norm: although he can’t use verbal language, he has a high understanding and an overall good cognitive functioning. Thanks to his character, his availability and his will, he was able to self determine not only the choice of technological solutions, but his future in general.
Year of publication: 2006
Type of document: Case studies/experiences
Last update: July 2011
Andrich R
Communication devices for people with disabilities
Portale SIVA Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
The article contains a detailed introduction to communication aids and describes the main types of assistive devices that allow communication, writing and environmental control.
Year of publication: 2006
Type of document: Not published
Last update: May 2013
Leonzio M
Augmentative and alternative communication in autism
Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica Milano e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2011-2012
Autism is characterized by impaired communication: appropriate AAC interventions, based on visual and technological aids, can strongly improve functional abilities and social interaction.
Year of publication: 2012
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: December 2012
Palestino A.
The alternative augmentative communication in childhood
Tesi Corso di Perfezionamento "Tecnologie per l'Autonomia". Università Cattolica e Fondazione Don Gnocchi, a.a. 2010-2011
Year of publication: 2011
Type of document: Thesis
Last update: December 2011
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