Oral Communication

Evaluation of the first steps of communication

Mrs Germaine GREMAUDa

a Haute Ecole de travail social et de la santé, EESP - Lausanne

The communication matrix Rowland (2004) is a simple tool to use and accessible to occupational therapists. It determines the level of communication of a child or an adult (7 levels) and document the behaviors observed in 4 main functions of communication (get it, ask, inform, interact socially). This tool facilitates the introduction of an alternative and improved communication way (concrete or abstract). The profile obtained facilitates the set-up of intervention objectives.

Goldbart J., Chadwick D. & Buell S., (2014), Speech and language therapists’ approches to communication intervention with children and adults with profound and multiple learning disability, Research Report, in « International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders », Vol. 49, no6, 687-701.

Gremaud G., (2004), Quel contenu pour quelle communication dans les moyens auxiliaires de communication, in Pédagogie spécialisée, no2, 6-13.

Rowland C., (2004), Matrice de communication, traduction française, 2014, consulté le 23 mars 2015 de_communication.pdf

Keywords : communication, evaluation, disability, improved and alternative communication, occupational therapy