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Extending the evaluation of novel microswitch technology for small responses with children with profound multiple disabilities

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Lancioni, GE and Tota, A and Smaldone, A and Singh, NN and O'Reilly, MF and Sigafoos, J and Oliva, D and Montironi, G, Extending the evaluation of novel microswitch technology for small responses with children with profound multiple disabilities, Assistive Technology, 19, (1) pp. 11-16. ISSN 1040-0435 (2007) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/10400435.2007.10131861

Abstract

This study extended the evaluation of microswitch technology (i.e., a position sensor and an optic device), recently introduced for chin and eyelid responses, with two new participants with profound multiple disabilities. The participants were girls of 12.5 and 4.0 years of age who did not possess any specific response that they could profitably use in their environment. The study was conducted according to an ABAB design with a 3-week post-intervention check. The results showed that both participants increased their level of responding during the intervention phases and post-intervention check compared to the baseline phases. This positive outcome was discussed in terms of (a) the apparent suitability of the technology and responses used in the study, (b) the beneficial implications for the participants, and (c) new developments in the area.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:microswitch technology, chin movements, eyelid movements, multiple disabilities
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:45836
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2013-03-25
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