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'Making Choices in my Life': Listening to the ideas and experiences of young people in the UK who communicate non-verbally

Mitchell, Wendy (orcid.org/0000-0002-1608-2368) and Sloper, Patricia (2010) 'Making Choices in my Life': Listening to the ideas and experiences of young people in the UK who communicate non-verbally. Children and Youth Services Review. ISSN 0190-7409

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Service user participation and making choices are frequently advocated, however, they are complex concepts and how they are translated and/or experienced in everyday life can vary amongst different groups of service users. Recognising the importance of participation in current international guidance and UK government policy this paper seeks to explore how research can include a frequently marginalised group of disabled young people, in particular young people with learning disabilities and/or who communicate non-verbally. The paper discusses the use of non-traditional research methods, especially symbols based interviews developed in an ongoing English longitudinal study exploring choices and decision-making processes for young people with life limiting conditions. The paper then presents some research findings and concludes by discussing their implications. In particular, the use of symbols based interviews for informing policy makers about how these young people can be included in research and how listening to them can inform our understanding of decision-making processes.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. This is an author produced version of the article published. This paper has been peer-reviewed but does not include the journal pagination. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Disabled children,Participation,Choice/decision making,Communication methods,Non-traditional research methods,Learning disabilities
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy Research Unit (York)
Depositing User: R Pitman
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2010 14:02
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2016 06:19
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/11170

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