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ERIC Number: EJ942479
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-2154-1647
Use of a Hand-Held Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) to Self-Prompt Pedestrian Travel by Young Adults with Moderate Intellectual Disabilities
Mechling, Linda C.; Seid, Nicole H.
Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, v46 n2 p220-237 Jun 2011
The purpose of this study was to evaluate use of a personal digital assistant (PDA) with picture, auditory, and video prompts as a portable self-prompting device to facilitate independent pedestrian travel by three high school age students with moderate intellectual disabilities. Using a multiple probe design across three destinations and their respective landmarks, the self-prompting device was evaluated for its effectiveness in increasing independent travel across multiple destinations. Results indicate that students were able to independently use the PDA to self-prompt pedestrian travel (walking) without the need for external adult prompting, to maintain use of the device over time, and to self-adjust the level of prompt used across the different pedestrian routes. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)
Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children. DDD, P.O. Box 3512, Fayetteville, AR 72702. Tel: 479-575-3326; Fax: 479-575-6676; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A