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Microswitch clusters promote adaptive responses and reduce finger mouthing in a boy with multiple disabilities


Lancioni, GE and O'Reilly, MF and Singh, NN and Sigafoos, J and Oliva, D and Baccani, S and Groeneweg, J, Microswitch clusters promote adaptive responses and reduce finger mouthing in a boy with multiple disabilities, Behavior Modification, 30, (6) pp. 892-900. ISSN 0145-4455 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0145445505283416


The authors assessed new microswitch clusters (i.e., combinations of two microswitches) and contingent stimulation to increase adaptive responses (i. e., foot and head movements) and reduce aberrant behavior (i.e., finger mouthing) in a boy with multiple disabilities. Initially, intervention was directed at increasing the frequency of each adaptive response, individually, through contingent use of preferred stimuli. Subsequently, adaptive responses led to preferred stimuli only if they occurred in the absence of finger mouthing. Postintervention checks occurred 1, 2, and 3 months after the end of the intervention. Data showed that the boy (a) increased the frequency of the adaptive responses extensively, (b) learned to perform these responses largely free from finger mouthing, and (c) maintained these changes over time. The importance of microswitch clusters to simultaneously pursue the dual objective of promoting adaptive responses and reducing aberrant ones is underlined.

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:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Inclusive education
UTAS Author:Sigafoos, J (Professor Jeffrey Sigafoos)
ID Code:41113
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2012-11-28

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