On this page, we give synopsis and links to iCommunicate Publications which we feel are easy to assimilate and of relevance to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.
Here are some excerpts from this engaging article on a Total Communication approach to trying to ensure that adults with intellectual disabilities find a way to communicate. The full text can be found here.
Adults with with special needs and learning disabilities (also called adult learning difficulties or intellectual difficulties in some countries) often have difficulties with communication which can be related to speech and language, social skills and/or behaviour. However, there are a number of programs and strategies that can help adults with learning disabilities communicate and express their needs. Even for adults with profound communication difficulties, there are ways to give them the tools to initiate, respond and make choices (often using a Total Communication approach).
Many adults with learning disabilities have a range of difficulties with communication. These difficulties include:
Comprehension – not understanding what others are saying and / or understanding more abstract language.
Expression – not being able to express thoughts and feelings, or not being verbal at all.
Social skills – not understanding social norms, and how to respond appropriately in social situations.
Another aspect that is closely linked with communication is behaviour. Often a problem with communication leads to inappropriate or challenging behaviour. This may occur because the individual becomes frustrated at not being understood, or has difficulties understanding what others expect of him.
Assistive technology can be a huge help to adults with learning difficulties, helping them to communicate and share information across environments. Assistive technology can be broken into 2 sub-categories – hi-tech and lo-tech. more