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Effects of Microswitch-Based Programs on Indices of Happiness of Students With Multiple Disabilities: A New Research Evaluation

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Lancioni, GE and Singh, NN and O'Reilly, MF and Sigafoos, J and Didden, R and Oliva, D and Severini, L and Smaldone, A and Tota, A and Lamartire, ML, Effects of Microswitch-Based Programs on Indices of Happiness of Students With Multiple Disabilities: A New Research Evaluation, American Journal of mental Retardation, 112, (3) pp. 167-176. ISSN 0895-8017 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1352/0895-8017(2007)112[167:EOMPOI]2.0.CO;2

Abstract

The effects of microswitch-based programs on indices of happiness were evaluated with 9 students who had profound multiple disabilities. Each student received an ABAB sequence in which A represented baseline phases and B, intervention phases. During the latter phases, microswitches were used to enable the students to control preferred environmental stimulation with simple/feasible responses, such as hand-pushing and foot-lifting. Results show that all students increased microswitch responding during the intervention phases. Seven of them also had significant increases in indices of happiness, whereas the other 2 did not. In an attempt to shed some light on the reasons underlying the different outcomes, we examined procedural and methodological aspects of the study. © American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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:45460
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2009-09-22
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