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‘Just wait then and see what he does’: a speech act analysis of healthcare professionals’ interaction coaching with parents of children with autism spectrum disorders

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, June 2016
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Title
‘Just wait then and see what he does’: a speech act analysis of healthcare professionals’ interaction coaching with parents of children with autism spectrum disorders
Published in
International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, June 2016
DOI 10.1111/1460-6984.12246
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Authors

Lindsay M. McKnight, Mary-Pat O'Malley-Keighran, Clare Carroll

Abstract

There is evidence indicating that parent training programmes including interaction coaching of parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can increase parental responsiveness, promote language development and social interaction skills in children with ASD. However, there is a lack of research exploring precisely how healthcare professionals use language in interaction coaching. To identify the speech acts of healthcare professionals during individual video-recorded interaction coaching sessions of a Hanen-influenced parent training programme with parents of children with ASD. This retrospective study used speech act analysis. Healthcare professional participants included two speech-language therapists and one occupational therapist. Sixteen videos were transcribed and a speech act analysis was conducted to identify the form and functions of the language used by the healthcare professionals. Descriptive statistics provided frequencies and percentages for the different speech acts used across the 16 videos. Six types of speech acts used by the healthcare professionals during coaching sessions were identified. These speech acts were, in order of frequency: Instructing, Modelling, Suggesting, Commanding, Commending and Affirming. The healthcare professionals were found to tailor their interaction coaching to the learning needs of the parents. A pattern was observed in which more direct speech acts were used in instances where indirect speech acts did not achieve the intended response. The study provides an insight into the nature of interaction coaching provided by healthcare professionals during a parent training programme. It identifies the types of language used during interaction coaching. It also highlights additional important aspects of interaction coaching such as the ability of healthcare professionals to adjust the directness of the coaching in order to achieve the intended parental response to the child's interaction. The findings may be used to increase the awareness of healthcare professionals about the types of speech acts used during interaction coaching as well as the manner in which coaching sessions are conducted.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 2%
Canada 1 2%
Unknown 49 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 20%
Student > Bachelor 10 20%
Student > Master 10 20%
Unspecified 7 14%
Librarian 5 10%
Other 9 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 12 24%
Unspecified 8 16%
Psychology 8 16%
Social Sciences 8 16%
Medicine and Dentistry 7 14%
Other 8 16%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 6. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 June 2016.
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#3,060,662
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Outputs from International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
#256
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#66,647
of 265,672 outputs
Outputs of similar age from International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders
#9
of 20 outputs
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