AAC and Our Family!: Interview With Carol Sneath, Mother of Melissa These discussions are taken from a structured interview with Carol Sneath, the mother of Melissa Sneath, an 18-year-old woman who uses augmentative communication. Melissa and her parents are from Mountville in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Kristen: Carol, tell us about your family. Carol: My family consists of my husband Denny, ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 1998
AAC and Our Family!: Interview With Carol Sneath, Mother of Melissa
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  • Kristen Swengel
    Central Instructional Support Center Harrisburg, PA
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Article   |   November 01, 1998
AAC and Our Family!: Interview With Carol Sneath, Mother of Melissa
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, November 1998, Vol. 7, 10-12. doi:10.1044/aac7.4.10
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, November 1998, Vol. 7, 10-12. doi:10.1044/aac7.4.10
These discussions are taken from a structured interview with Carol Sneath, the mother of Melissa Sneath, an 18-year-old woman who uses augmentative communication. Melissa and her parents are from Mountville in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Kristen: Carol, tell us about your family.
Carol: My family consists of my husband Denny, daughter Melissa, Melissa's companion dog Pepe, a cat named Midget, a blind fish, and an African Frog. Melissa is an 18-year-old with cerebral palsy. She has spastic quadriplegia, a seizure disorder, Superior Mesentery Artery (SMA) syndrome, and a G-tube. But, looking at her, if she wasn't in a chair you wouldn't know there was anything different about her. She has had a rhizotomy, several hip surgeries, a spinal fusion and has a baclofen pump. And, believe it or not, after all that, she still has a smile on her face.
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