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Influence of Support Workers' Characteristics on the Use of Augmentative & Alternative Communication

This study is not yet open for participant recruitment. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified March 2014 by Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT02099773
First received: March 24, 2014
Last updated: March 26, 2014
Last verified: March 2014
  Purpose

This exploratory and observational study focuses on adults with an intellectual disability (ID) caused by Down Syndrome and their support workers. Adults with ID due to a non-genetic cause constitute the control group. All clients have a mild to moderate ID and use a form of Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC). Approximately half of adults with ID is estimated to experience communication difficulties. AAC supports them in their daily communication aiming at optimal participation in society. Current communication models, such as Participation Model (Beukelman & Mirenda, 2005) and ICF (WHO, 2001), regard both client related and environmental factors as important elements of communication. A substantial part of the environmental factors is made up of the communication partners' characteristics. In daycare and residential services for adults with ID an important communication partner constitutes the support worker.

This study aims to:

  1. with regard to teaching KeyWordSigning (KWS), a specific form of AAC, to support workers:

    Analyse the relation between training method, support workers' attitude, and short and long term sign knowledge.

  2. with regard to the use of AAC in everyday communication between support workers and adults with ID:

    • Identity the support workers' characteristics that may influence the quality/quantity of the communication between adults with ID who use AAC and their support worker.
    • Analyse the nature of this influence as well as any possible interaction effects with the clients' characteristics.

Condition
Intellectual Disability

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: The Influence of Support Workers' Characteristics on the Use of Augmentative & Alternative Communication in Adults With an Intellectual Disability

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Further study details as provided by Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Communicative functions in interaction between support worker and AAC-using client with intellectual disability [ Time Frame: One-time measurement ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Characteristics of direct care staff working in residential facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities [ Time Frame: One-time ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 80
Study Start Date: June 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts
support workers, clients Down syndrome
Support workers who use AAC in the communication with their client who has an intellectual disability caused by Down Syndrome.
support workers, clients not Down syndrome
Support workers who use AAC in the communication with their client who has an intellectual disability not caused by Down Syndrome

  Eligibility

Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Support workers who work in residential facilities or day-centres for adults with intellectual disability, in Flanders.

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • uses AAC with client
  • client has mild to moderate intellectual disability
  • supports client for at least 6 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • client's age exceeds 45
  • client has non-corrected visual or hearing impairment
  • client has diagnosed autism
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02099773

Contacts
Contact: Ellen Rombouts, PhD candidate 003216377767 ellen.rombouts@kuleuven.be

Locations
Belgium
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Not yet recruiting
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium, 3000
Contact: Ellen Rombouts, PhD candidate    003216377767    ellen.rombouts@kuleuven.be   
Principal Investigator: Ellen Rombouts, MA SpeechTherapy         
Not yet recruiting
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium, 3000
Contact: Ellen Rombouts, MA in Speech Therapy    003216377767    ellen.rombouts@kuleuven.be   
Principal Investigator: Ellen Rombouts, MA, in Speech Therapy         
Not yet recruiting
Flanders, Belgium
Contact: Ellen Rombouts, MA in Speech Therapy    003216377767    ellen.rombouts@kuleuven.be   
Principal Investigator: Ellen Rombouts, MA in Speech Therapy         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Ellen Rombouts, PhD candidate Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02099773     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: S56517
Study First Received: March 24, 2014
Last Updated: March 26, 2014
Health Authority: Belgium: Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven:
AAC
support worker
direct care staff
intellectual disability
learning disability
communication
adults

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Intellectual Disability
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Mental Disorders Diagnosed in Childhood
Mental Disorders

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on September 22, 2014