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ERIC Number: EJ837561
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4222
Persons with Multiple Disabilities Accessing Stimulation and Requesting Social Contact via Microswitch and VOCA Devices: New Research Evaluation and Social Validation
Lancioni, Giulio E.; O'Reilly, Mark F.; Singh, Nirbhay N.; Sigafoos, Jeff; Didden, Robert; Oliva, Doretta; Campodonico, Francesca; de Pace, Claudia; Chiapparino, Claudia; Groeneweg, Jop
Research in Developmental Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v30 n5 p1084-1094 Sep-Oct 2009
The first of these two studies assessed whether 11 participants with multiple disabilities of 5.3-18.2 (M = 10.7) years of age would succeed in combining a microswitch for accessing preferred environmental stimuli and a Voice Output Communication Aid (VOCA) for requesting social contact. The second study conducted a social validation assessment of the aforementioned microswitch-VOCA combination. Data showed that all participants learned to use the microswitch and the VOCA. Moreover, the 10 participants, who received a 1-month post-intervention check, largely maintained their responding. The social validation assessment indicated that the raters (i.e., 110 university psychology students) favored the combination of microswitch and VOCA over the microswitch or the VOCA alone, and hypothetical combinations of microswitches or VOCAs. (Contains 4 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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