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Title: Implantación del sistema PECS para desarrollar la interacción comunicativa funcional en un caso de Síndrome de West
Author: Rizos Bonet, Alba
Director: Huerta Ramos, Mª Elena
Keywords: autism
social skills
West syndrome
PECS
Issue Date: Jan-2019
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Abstract: West syndrome is an infantile epileptic encephalopathy characterized by a severe delay in neurodevelopment, motor and cognitive symptoms evident in most of cases, wich may appear mental and speech retardation, autistic signs and visomotor dyspraxia. The praxical and attentional difficulties make it difficult for these patients to learn a conventional communication systems. In response to the symptomatology of the disorder, the therapeutic system called PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) has been selected to develop the communicative interaction in a fictitious case of West syndrome with symptomatic epilepsy and refractory to pharmacological treatment. The initial neuropsychological assessment allows to determine the communication patterns, intellectual functioning, cognitive performance in main functional domains, specific adaptive abilities and conceptual, social, practical and general adaptive behavior of the case. The neuropsychological intervention consists in 3 weekly sessions of 30 minutes duration in about 5 months, necessary time to introduce the system progressively in a total of 6 phases, in which a specific minimum objective to be reached is defined. The results expected in the post-treatment neuropsychological evaluation will demonstrate a significant improvement in communication and socialization, as well as an improvement in cognitive functioning in terms of visual discrimination, visual and sustained attention, concentration and visual recognition of the essential elements of an object, organization and visual perception, understanding of words and ability to establish logical relationships between elements in tasks free of verbal influence.
Language: Spanish
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/91867
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