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An exploration of communication within active support for adults with high and low support needs

Iacono, Teresa, Bould, Emma, Beadle?Brown, Julie, Bigby, Christine (2019) An exploration of communication within active support for adults with high and low support needs. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 32 (1). pp. 61-70. ISSN 1360-2322. (doi:10.1111/jar.12502) (KAR id:71771)



The aim was to explore the relationship between quality of active support and communication support for people in group homes with high and low support needs.


Data from 182 service users, 20–81 years (mean = 40), 89 with high support needs, were observed to have either good (n = 142) or poor (n = 40) communication support. Measures were of quality of active support, engagement and staff contact; field notes provided examples of good and poor communication supports.


We found a relationship between the quality of communication support and active support. Receiving good communication was associated with higher levels of engagement. Field notes included some examples of appropriate communication supports, but limited use of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).


Staff show limited use of appropriate communication with people having high support needs who require AAC. Strategies to improve quality of practice are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jar.12502
Uncontrolled keywords: active support, augmentative and alternative communication, engagement, intellectual disability, supported accommodation
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Julie Beadle-Brown
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2019 15:51 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 16:36 UTC
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