Three main activities take place at DART.
Client Centred Intervention
DART offers assessment and introduction of low- and high technological communication aids, methods and strategies to persons with communication difficulties and their close communication partners. The overarching philosophy is that different stakeholders need to be involved in the intervention process. DART considers the social network as important and works according to the model for collaborative problem solving. The intervention process includes goal setting and evaluation. For this purpose we often use Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS).
DART also offers direct consultation to local habilitation and rehabilitation teams. In these cases, we work with clients on an indirect basis.
Our goal is to make clinical suggestions that build on best current evidence so that stakeholders are thoroughly and correctly informed and can make informed decisions.
Information and Education
DART provides practically and theoretically oriented courses and lectures relating to AAC and AT, language and communication. These take place at DART and at different organizations, schools and universities in Sweden and other parts of Scandinavia.
Research and Development
DART initiates and carries out clinically relevant research and development work and has excellent channels to inform the clinical practice about developments within the field. More information about the research and development activities at DART is provided under Research and Development.
All of the above mentioned activities concern persons with disabilities of different ages (preschool and young school age children, adolescents and adults) and different types of diagnoses. Our approach is functional and the perspectives of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) are well integrated with the different activities.