Communication Technology for Children with Cerebral Palsy

The ability to communicate thoughts, feelings and information is essential to the well-being of a child and their family. Many children with CP have challenges communicating with speech, and too often it is assumed that a child who does not speak is unable to connect with, or understand, the world around them.

CP-NET is proud to present "Communication Technology for Children with Cerebral Palsy", a webinar highlighting new research and technologies that aim to assess and support a child's ability to communicate.

Presented on November 29, 2017 by:

Johanna Geytenbeek, PhD
Speech Language Pathologist and Clinical researcher,
Free University Medical Centre (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Danijela Grahovac 
Parent Researcher, 
CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research

Fanny Hotzé
Paediatric Assistive Technology Specialist, 
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Related publications

Geytenbeek JJ, Mokkink LB, Knol DL, Vermeulen RJ, Oostrom KJ. Reliability and validity of the C-BiLLT: a new instrument to assess comprehension of spoken language in young children with cerebral palsy and complex communication needs. Augment Altern Commun. 2014 Sep;30(3):252-66. doi: 10.3109/07434618.2014.924992. Epub 2014 Jun 20. PubMed PMID: 24948533.

Geytenbeek JJ, Vermeulen RJ, Becher JG, Oostrom KJ. Comprehension of spoken language in non-speaking children with severe cerebral palsy: an explorative study on associations with motor type and disabilities. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2015 Mar;57(3):294-300. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12619. Epub 2014 Oct 28.

Int J Lang Commun Disord. 2015 Jul;50(4):499-515. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12151. Epub 2015 Feb 19. Geytenbeek JJ, Heim MJ, Knol DL, Vermeulen RJ, Oostrom KJ. Spoken language comprehension of phrases, simple and compound-active sentences in non-speaking children with severe cerebral palsy.

Geytenbeek JJ, Oostrom KJ, Harlaar L, Becher JG, Knol DL, Barkhof F, Pinto PS7, Vermeulen RJ. Language comprehension in nonspeaking children with severe cerebral palsy: Neuroanatomical substrate? Eur J Paediatr Neurol. 2015 Sep;19(5):510-20. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpn.2015.06.001. Epub 2015 Jun 14.

Geytenbeek J, Harlaar L, Stam M, Ket H, Becher JG, Oostrom K, Vermeulen J. Utility of language comprehension tests for unintelligible or non-speaking children with cerebral palsy: a systematic review. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2010 Dec;52(12):1098. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2010.03833.x.