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Enabling a person with multiple disabilities and minimal motor behaviour to control environmental stimulation with chin movements

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Lancioni, G and O'Reilly, M and Sigafoos, J and Singh, NNJ and Oliva, D and Basili, G, Enabling a person with multiple disabilities and minimal motor behaviour to control environmental stimulation with chin movements, Disability and Rehabilitation, 26, (21-22) pp. 1291-1294. ISSN 1464-5165 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/09638280412331280316

Abstract

Purpose: To assess whether a young man with multiple disabilities and minimal motor behaviour would learn to control environmental stimulation using chin movements and a mechanical microswitch. Method: The study was carried out according to an ABAB design in which A represented baseline and B intervention phases. The chin movements controlled the stimulation only during the intervention phases. A 2-month post-intervention check was conducted. Results: The man increased the frequency of his chin movements, thus increasing the level of environmental stimulation, during the intervention phases. This performance was maintained at the post-intervention check. Conclusion: The use of chin movements is a practical strategy for enabling individuals with minimal motor movements to control environmental stimulation. Future research should examine whether similar types of movements may enable some individuals to control voice-output communication devices. © 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Special Education and Disability
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Special Needs Education
Author:Sigafoos, J (Professor Jeffrey Sigafoos)
ID Code:36319
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2005-11-23
Last Modified:2011-10-03
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