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    An ecological method for the sampling of nonverbal signalling behaviours of young children with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD)

    Atkin, K. and Lorch, Marjorie (2016) An ecological method for the sampling of nonverbal signalling behaviours of young children with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). Developmental Neurorehabilitation 19 (4), pp. 211-225. ISSN 1751-8423.

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    Abstract

    - Background: Profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) are a complex range of disabilities that affect the general health and wellbeing of the individual and their capacity to interact and learn. - Method: We developed a new methodology to capture the nonsymbolic signalling behaviours of children with PMLD within the context of a face-to-face interaction with a caregiver to provide analysis at a micro-level of descriptive detail incorporating the use of the ELAN digital video software. - Conclusion: The signalling behaviours of participants in a natural, everyday interaction can be better understood with the use of this innovation in methodology, which is predicated on the ecology of communication. Recognition of the developmental ability of the participants is an integral factor within that ecology. The method presented establishes an advanced account of the modalities through which a child affected by PMLD is able to communicate.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): profound and multiple learning disabilities, nonverbal communication, qualitative research method, behavioural data sampling, ecological validity
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2014 14:24
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2019 22:01
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/9971

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