Barriers and facilitators to children's use of speech-generating devices: a descriptive qualitative study of mothers' perspectives

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Abstract

Purpose.

The purpose of this study was to identify barriers and facilitators to children's use of speech-generating devices (SGD).

Design and Methods.

Interviews with 14 mothers were analyzed with content analysis to identify barriers and facilitators to SGD use.

Results.

This study identified a number of specific barriers and facilitators to successful and sustained SGD use by children with complex communication disorders.

Practice Implications.

Nurses can use the list of barriers and facilitators provided here as a springboard to discuss the families' experiences with device use.

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