by Louise Hickson, Linda Worrall & Nerina Scarinci
This manual Active is a group training programme designed to help people over the age of fifty with hearing impairment to become more effective communicators in everyday life.
Active Communication Education (ACE) is a group training programme designed to help people over the age of fifty with hearing impairment to become more effective communicators in everyday life. Written for health professionals such as audiologists, speech & language therapists and nurses working in the community, this step-by-step program offers guidance and strategies that will help to:
Improve the person’s communication abilities
Reduce the hearing difficulties experienced
Improve the person's quality of life.
The small-group program is divided into a series of six modules based on everyday communication activities known to be problematic for older people with hearing impairments. These include using the telephone, listening to the television, going to a restaurant and conversing at mealtimes. Family and friends are also encouraged to attend. Each module includes photocopiable handouts that cover:
A detailed discussion of the communication activity
Feedback on what has been covered.
Successfully trialled as part of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant in Brisbane, Australia, health professionals will find that ACE is a valuable rehabilitation option for older people, resulting in fewer communication difficulties, reduced social isolation and an improved quality of life and well-being.
Introduction; Running an ACE program; Module 1: Communication needs analysis; Module 2: Conversation in background noise; Module 3: Conversation around the house; Module 4: Communication with difficult speakers; Module 5: Listening to other signals; Module 6: Listening to PA Systems; ACE: Final words of advice; Appendices; References
About the authors
Louise Hickson is Deputy Head of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Co-Director of the Communication Disability Centre at The University of Queensland, Australia. Linda Worrall is the Co-Director of the Communication Disability Centre at The University of Queensland, Australia. Nerina Scarinci is a Lecturer in the Division of Speech Pathology at The University of Queensland, Australia. She is completing her doctoral research in the area of age-related hearing impairment and third-party disability.
160 pages, spiral bound
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