The evolution of an innovation; the Communication Profile -

Vicci Ackroyd, Rachael Hayes, Joanna Hoskin


Abstract: Practitioners in the National Deaf Child and Adolescent Service (NDCAMHS) have worked collaboratively to develop training, systems and practice to enable the use of Communication Profiles.  The communication and language needs of children, young people and their families are observed in order to support the understanding of their impact on the mental health presentation of the person referred. This article describes the process of development which has enabled our teams to gain skills and knowledge.  In addition, we identify areas for future work linked to language and communication for deaf young people and their families that have been highlighted by this process and the use of Communication Profiles.

Keywords: communication profiles; child mental health; deaf children; language; communication.

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