A woman with multiple disabilities uses a VOCA system to request for and access caregiver-mediated stimulation events

Giulio E. Lancioni, Nirbhay N. Singh, Mark F. O'Reilly, Jeff Sigafoos, Irene Ricci, Luigi M. Addante, Grazia Trubia

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Abstract

This study assessed a program involving the use of a voice output communication aid (VOCA), which was aimed at allowing a post-coma person with multiple disabilities to choose among stimuli/activities and ask for the mediation of the caregiver to access them. In response to the participant's choice (request) of a stimulus/activity verbalized by the VOCA, the caregiver could propose two alternatives of it and eventually provide the one that the participant seemed to prefer. Results showed that the program was effective in increasing the participant's successful requests and allowing her to access chosen stimuli/activities with a brief mediation of the caregiver. The practicality and implications of the program are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-99
Number of pages9
JournalLife Span and Disability
Volume14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Caregiver mediation
  • Choice
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Voca

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Health(social science)

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