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Alternative communication for children with cerebral palsy non verbal: programs for context of daily life

Grant number: 14/17741-6
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2014
Effective date (End): August 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Education - Specific topics in Education
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:Claudia Maria Simões Martinez
Grantee:Mariana Gurian Manzini
Home Institution: Centro de Educação e Ciências Humanas (CECH). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


Children with complex communication needs benefit from programs aimed at guidance and instrumentation of the user, family and school. This research aims to develop, implement and analyze the effectiveness of an individualized program of alternative communication for nonverbal children with cerebral palsy applied in three contexts of their daily life. Part is the hypothesis that the implementation of this program and the supports offered by their parents, teachers and therapists in three contexts of development can intensify and increase the quality of the repertoire of communicative skills. This research will be conducted: in schools directly with teachers; in the clinical environment with occupational therapists and family environment of children, directly to mothers or other family member in case of impediments mother. Participants are 03 children diagnosed with nonverbal cerebral palsy, aged between 6 and 12 years, and their therapists, parents and teachers. The design to be used will be the baseline for multiple situations. Qualitative instruments relating to the content and features of participants (interviews and clinical data) and relevant to the measurement of the intervention (protocol) quantitative tools will be used. There is increased communication skills for greater participation of children in this sample in different contexts, activities and academic tasks are expected. (AU)

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MARIANA GURIAN MANZINI; MIRELA DE OLIVEIRA FIGUEIREDO; ANA CAROLINA GURIAN MANZINI; CLAUDIA MARIA SIMÕES MARTINEZ. Terapia ocupacional e comunicação alternativa: intervenção colaborativa com os parceiros de comunicação de uma criança com paralisia cerebral. CADERNOS BRASILEIROS DE TERAPIA OCUPACIONAL-BRAZILIAN JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, v. 29, 2021-04-05.
MARIANA GURIAN MANZINI; DANIEL MARINHO CEZAR DA CRUZ; MARIA AMÉLIA ALMEIDA; CLAUDIA MARIA SIMÕES MARTINEZ. Programa de Comunicação Alternativa para uma Criança com Paralisia Cerebral e seus Parceiros de Comunicação: um Estudo de Delineamento de Múltiplas Sondagens. Rev. bras. educ. espec., v. 25, n. 4, p. 553-570, 2019-11-25.
MANZINI, MARIANA GURIAN; SIMOES MARTINEZ, CLAUDIA MARIA; LOURENCO, GERUSA FERREIRA; OLIVEIRA, BARBARA DE BRITO. Alternative communication training of interlocutors for children with cerebral palsy. CADERNOS BRASILEIROS DE TERAPIA OCUPACIONAL-BRAZILIAN JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, v. 25, n. 3, p. 553-564, 2017. Web of Science Citations: 1.

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