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Evaluating a computer system used as a microswitch for word utterances of persons with multiple disabilities

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Lancioni, G and Singh, N and O'Reilly, M and Sigafoos, J and Olivia, D and Montironi, G, Evaluating a computer system used as a microswitch for word utterances of persons with multiple disabilities, Disability and Rehabilitation, 26, (21-22) pp. 1286-1290. ISSN 1464-5165 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/09638280412331280307

Abstract

Purpose: To assess the effectiveness of a computer system used as a microswitch for word utterances of two adults with multiple disabilities. The system combined a new control software programme with a commercially available speech recognition programme. Method: Nine word utterances were targeted for each participant. The participant's emission of those utterances triggered the occurrence of related (favourite) stimuli during the intervention and the post-intervention check. Results: Intervention data showed that (1) the participants increased the frequencies of the target utterances and (2) the computer system recognized about 80% of those utterances correctly, providing the participants with high levels of favourite stimulation. The post-intervention check showed comparable data with both participants. Conclusions: The computer system proved an adequate microswitch for word utterances. Based on this evidence, microswitch programmes could be extended beyond the use of conventional motor responses. © 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:36321
Year Published:2004
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2005-11-23
Last Modified:2011-10-03
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