A technology-aided stimulus choice program for two adults with multiple disabilities: Choice responses and mood

Giulio E. Lancioni, Nirbhay N. Singh, Mark F. O'Reilly, Jeff Sigafoos, Gloria Alberti, Doretta Oliva, Serafino Buono

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Abstract

This study was aimed at replicating and extending early research on technology-aided stimulus choice with two adults with multiple disabilities. The technology-aided program involved (a) a computer-aided system presenting the participants samples of different environmental stimuli and (b) a microswitch device allowing them to choose among those samples and to access the related stimuli for preset periods of time. The system also allowed the participants opportunities to request the continuation/repetition of any stimulus. The program was successful in promoting the participants' selection of preferred stimuli and their requests for continuation/repetition of those stimuli. Data also showed that the intervention sessions largely improved the participants' mood (i.e., increased their indices of happiness). Theoretical and practical relevance of the findings were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2602-2607
Number of pages6
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

Keywords

  • Choice
  • Indices of happiness
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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