ERIC Number: EJ925318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
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Reference Count: 60
Using a Personal Digital Assistant to Increase Completion of Novel Tasks and Independent Transitioning by Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Mechling, Linda C.; Savidge, Erin J.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v41 n6 p687-704 Jun 2011
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of a Personal Digital Assistant with multiple prompt levels to increase completion of novel task boxes and transitioning within and between tasks. The study used a multiple probe design across three sets of task boxes replicated with three students with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. Results indicated that: task completion was higher for two of the students compared to baseline conditions using a picture-based task strip; all students were able to complete a greater number of between task transitions using the PDA; students performed within task transitions equally as well using the PDA and the task strip; and one student began to self-fade use of more intrusive prompt levels.
Descriptors: Autism, Novelty (Stimulus Dimension), Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Prompting, Time on Task, Pictorial Stimuli
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