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Promoting adaptive foot movements and reducing hand mouthing and eye poking in a boy with multiple disabilities through microswitch technology

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Lancioni, GE and Singh, NN and O'Reilly, M and Sigafoos, J and Olivia, D and Pidala, S and Piazzolla, G and Bosco, A (2007) Promoting adaptive foot movements and reducing hand mouthing and eye poking in a boy with multiple disabilities through microswitch technology. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 36 (2). pp. 85-90. ISSN 1650-6073

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Abstract

This study assessed the viability of a microswitch cluster (i.e. a combination of
microswitches) plus contingent stimulation for promoting adaptive responding and reducing
aberrant behavior in a boy with profound multiple disabilities. The boy was initially taught an
adaptive foot-movement response that activated a motion microswitch and produced preferred
stimuli. Subsequently, his foot response led to preferred stimuli only if it occurred in the absence of
aberrant behavior (i.e. hand mouthing and eye poking which were detected through optic
microswitches). Moreover, full access to the stimuli required that the boy refrain from aberrant
behavior during their presentation as well. The study also included a 3-month post-intervention
check and a social validation assessment. Data showed that the boy (i) increased his adaptive
responding, (ii) learned to perform this responding largely free from aberrant behavior and
refrained from that behavior for most of the session time, and (iii) maintained this performance at
the post-intervention check. The social validation ratings of 40 teachers and teacher assistants
significantly favored the last intervention period (in which aberrant behavior was reduced) over the
initial period

Item Type: Article
Keywords: microswitch cluster; adaptive responding; aberrant behavior; developmental disabilities
Journal or Publication Title: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Publisher: Routledge
Page Range: pp. 85-90
ISSN: 1650-6073
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/16506070601097999
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Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2008 14:32
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:35
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