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Effects of Microswitch-Based Programs on Indices of Happiness of Students With Multiple Disabilities: A New Research Evaluation

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Lancioni, GE, Lamartire, ML, Singh, NN, O'Reilly, M, Sigafoos, J, Didden, R, Olivia, D, Severini, L, Smaldone, A and Tota, A 2007 , 'Effects of Microswitch-Based Programs on Indices of Happiness of Students With Multiple Disabilities: A New Research Evaluation' , American Journal of Mental Retardation, vol. 112, no. 3 , pp. 167-176 , doi: 10.1352/0895-8017(2007)112[167:EOMPOI]2.0.CO;2.

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Abstract

The effects of microswitch-based programs on indices of happiness were evaluated with 9 students who had profound multiple disabilities. Each student received an ABAB sequence in which A represented baseline phases and B, intervention phases. During the latter phases, microswitches were used to enable the students to control preferred environmental stimulation with simple/feasible responses, such as hand-pushing and foot-lifting. Results
show that all students increased microswitch responding during the intervention phases. Seven of them also had significant increases in indices of happiness, whereas the other 2 did not. In an attempt to shed some light on the reasons underlying the different outcomes, we examined procedural and methodological aspects of the study.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lancioni, GE and Lamartire, ML and Singh, NN and O'Reilly, M and Sigafoos, J and Didden, R and Olivia, D and Severini, L and Smaldone, A and Tota, A
Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Mental Retardation
Publisher: American Association on Mental Retardation
ISSN: 0895-8017
DOI / ID Number: 10.1352/0895-8017(2007)112[167:EOMPOI]2.0.CO;2
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