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ERIC Number: EJ784476
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
Enabling Two Persons with Multiple Disabilities to Access Environmental Stimuli and Ask for Social Contact through Microswitches and a VOCA
Lancioni, Giulio E.; O'Reilly, Mark F.; Singh, Nirbhay N.; Sigafoos, Jeff; Oliva, Doretta; Severini, Laura
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v29 n1 p21-28 Jan-Feb 2008
This study assessed the combination of two microswitches with a voice output communication aid (VOCA) with two persons (an adolescent and a young adult) with multiple disabilities. The microswitches allowed the participants to obtain direct access to preferred environmental stimuli; the VOCA enabled them to ask for caregiver's attention. Initially, the participants were taught to use each of the two microswitches individually and then together. Next, they were taught to use the VOCA and, eventually, this was available together with the microswitches. Results showed that the participants learned to operate the microswitches and the VOCA and used all three of them consistently when they were simultaneously available. Implications of these findings and the potential role of a VOCA combined with conventional microswitches were discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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