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ERIC Number: EJ830424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
Students with Multiple Disabilities Using Technology-Based Programs to Choose and Access Stimulus Events Alone or with Caregiver Participation
Lancioni, Giulio E.; Singh, Nirbhay N.; O'Reilly, Mark F.; Sigafoos, Jeff; Oliva, Doretta; Cingolani, Eleonora
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v30 n4 p689-701 Jul-Aug 2009
The first of these two studies extended preliminary evidence on the use of technology-based programs for enabling students with severe and profound multiple disabilities to choose and access environmental stimuli on their own. Each of the three participants had two microswitches linked to specific sets of stimuli through a computer system. The activation of one of the microswitches triggered the computer system to present a sample of one of the stimuli. If the student chose it, the computer system turned it on for a specific time interval. The second study tested a new technology that allowed the students to choose and access the chosen stimuli with the involvement of the caregiver. The two participants had three microswitches linked to a computer system. The participants' choice of a stimulus alerted the caregiver who then got involved in the stimulation process. The results of both studies showed that the participants learned to activate the basic microswitches consistently, had high percentages of choice for the stimulus samples presented by the computer but with wide differences across stimuli, and largely maintained this performance at a 2-month post-intervention check. These findings were analyzed in terms of the usability of the two types of programs, the role they may play within educational and living contexts, and their innovative technical dimensions. (Contains 6 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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