Serving Nonspeaking Patients in Acute Care Settings: An Intervention Approach

Patricia A. Dowden, Melissa J. Honsinger, David R. Beukelman

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This is the first of two papers based on a 2-year study of nonspeaking patients served in acute care settings of University of Washington Hospitals. This paper describes one approach to evaluating and selecting augmentative communication systems for this special population. The screening protocols place particular emphasis on a hierarchy of assessment tasks designed to allow rapid decision making and minimal efforts in the acutely ill patient. In addition, this approach emphasizes a thorough assessment of communication needs related to communication partners, environment, and messages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-32
Number of pages8
JournalAugmentative and Alternative Communication
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Speech and Hearing

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