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Extending the evaluation of novel microswitch technology for small responses in children with profound multiple disabilities


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Lancioni, GE and Tota, A and Smaldone, A and Singh, NN and O'Reilly, M and Sigafoos, J and Oliva, D and Montironi, G (2007) Extending the evaluation of novel microswitch technology for small responses in children with profound multiple disabilities. Assistive Technology, 19 (1). pp. 11-16. ISSN 1040-0435

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This study extended the evaluation of microswitch
technology (i.e., a position sensor and an optic device),
recently introduced for chin and eyelid responses, with
two new participants with profound multiple disahilities.
The participants were girls of 12.5 and 4.0 years
of age who did not possess any specific response that
they could profitably use in their environment. The
study was conducted according to an ABAB design with
a 3-week postintervention check. The results showed
that both participants increased their level of responding
during the intervention phases and postintervention
check compared to the haseline phases. This positive
outcome was discussed in terms of (a) the apparent
suitability of the technology and responses used
in the study, (b) Ihe beneficial implications for the
participants, and (c) new developments in the area.
Key Words: Microswitch technology—Chin movements—
Eyelid movements—Multiple disabilities.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Microswitch technology Chin movements Eyelid movements Multiple disabilities.
Journal or Publication Title: Assistive Technology
Publisher: RESNA
Page Range: pp. 11-16
ISSN: 1040-0435
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:18
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:34
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