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Microswitch Technology for Enabling Self-Determined Responding in Children with Profound and Multiple Disabilities: A Systematic Review

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TitleMicroswitch Technology for Enabling Self-Determined Responding in Children with Profound and Multiple Disabilities: A Systematic Review
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractWe reviewed 18 studies reporting on the use of microswitch technology to enable self-determined responding in children with profound and multiple disabilities. Identified studies that met pre-determined inclusion criteria were summarized in terms of (a) participants, (b) experimental design, (c) microswitches and procedures used, and (d) main results. The 18 studies formed three groups based on whether the microswitch technology was primarily intended to enable the child to (a) access preferred stimuli (7 studies), (b) choose between stimuli (6 studies), or (c) recruit attention/initiate social interaction (5 studies). The results of these studies were consistently positive and support the use of microswitch technology in educational programs for children with profound and multiple disabilities as a means to impact their environment and interact with others. Implications for delivery of augmentative and alternative communication intervention to children with profound and multiple disabilities are discussed.
AuthorsRoche, L, Sigafoos J., Lancioni G., O’Reilly M., and Green V A.
Year of Publication2015
PublicationAugmentative & Alternative Communication
Volume31
Issue3
Pages246-258
ISSN0743-4618 (print) 1477- 3848 (online)
Publisher DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3109/07434618.2015.1024888
Keywords (MeSH)communication aids for disabled, disabled persons, intellectual disability, personal autonomy, quadriplegia, vision disorders
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