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ERIC Number: EJ782647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
Helping Three Persons with Multiple Disabilities Acquire Independent Dressing Through Assistive Technology
Lancioni, Giulio E.; O'Reilly, Mark F.; Singh, Nirbhay N.; Sigafoos, Jeff; Oliva, Doretta; Campodonico, Francesca; Groeneweg, Jop
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v101 n12 p768-773 Dec 2007
Enabling persons with intellectual or multiple disabilities to carry out personal care tasks (such as washing and dressing) independent of guidance from parents or staff members and without prolonged interruptions is often difficult, particularly with persons whose disabilities also include visual impairments. Attempts were recently made to curb the problem of dependency in personal care tasks with the use of assistive technology, which ensured a combination of verbal prompting and preferred stimuli that were automatically delivered on positive performance. The goal of the study presented here was to help three new participants with multiple disabilities acquire independent dressing through an upgraded version of the technology. This technology provided prompts only for the failure to respond and included auditory, visual, and vibratory stimuli as reinforcing events or prompts. The data, which largely support and extend those that were previously reported in this area, appear encouraging with regard to the possibility of using technological solutions to promote daily self-help skills. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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