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ERIC Number: ED565254
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Systematic Review of Studies Promoting the Use of Assistive Technology Devices by Young Children with Disabilities. Practical Evaluation Reports, Volume 5, Number 1
Dunst, Carl J.; Trivette, Carol M.; Hamby, Deborah W.; Simkus, Andrew
Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
Findings from a meta-analysis of studies investigating the use of five different assistive technology devices (switch interfaces, powered mobility, computers, augmentative communication, weighted/pressure vests) with young children with disabilities are reported. One hundred and nine studies including 1,342 infants, toddlers, and preschoolers were the focus of analysis. Results showed that the use of all the assistive technology devices except weighted and pressure vests were related to improvements in the child outcomes regardless of type of child disability or severity of child intellectual delay. The importance of the use of evidence-based training methods for promoting practitioners' and parents' use of assistive technology is described. The following are appended: (1) Background Characteristics of the Study Participants; and (2) Research Designs, Types of Assistive Technology, Outcome Measures, and Cohen's d Effect Sizes for the Relationships between Use of the Assistive Technology Devices and the Child Outcomes.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: H327X070003