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Communication supports for children and adults with complex communication needs during the COVID-19 pandemic


We are living in unprecedented times as a result of COVID-19. Effective communication is essential at all times – but especially now. Everyone needs to understand what is happening and everyone needs to be able to express needs and wants, and obtain important information.

This can be an especially frightening and stressful time for individuals who face significant communication challenges. This group might include individuals with:

  • developmental disabilities (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, intellectual developmental disabilities); 
  • acquired conditions (e.g., traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke); 
  • degenerative conditions (e.g., ALS, dementia) and
  • temporary conditions such as intubation to support breathing as a result of COVID-19, surgery, or other causes. 


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