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Communication props in the criminal justice system

Practitioners have long reported that communication props such as paper and pens, dolls and body diagrams can bridge the gap between what children know and understand, and what they can explain in words. What is unclear, however, is the extent to which practitioners are not only aware of the full potential of communication props, but their associated risks. Michelle Mattison, RI and Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Chester, explores the benefits and pitfalls in this illuminating article.