Extended smartphone-aided program to sustain daily activities, communication and leisure in individuals with intellectual and sensory-motor disabilities

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

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Abstract

Background: Smartphone-aided programs were recently developed to support leisure engagement and communication with distant partners in individuals with special needs. This study evaluated an extended smartphone-aided program that supported daily activities in addition to communication and leisure in individuals with intellectual and visual or visuo-motor disabilities. Method: Six participants were involved who had been exposed to an earlier smartphone-aided program supporting communication and leisure. The extended program (a) relied on the use of a Samsung Galaxy J4 Plus smartphone, which was fitted with Android 9.0 operating system and MacroDroid, and (b) alternated periods in which the participants could engage in communication and leisure with periods in which they were provided with instructions for daily activities. Results: During the baseline (i.e., with the earlier smartphone-aided program), the participants engaged in communication and leisure, but did not start any activity. During the post-intervention phase (i.e., with the extended smartphone-aided program), the participants maintained successful communication and leisure engagement and started and carried out daily activities successfully. Staff rated the extended program largely preferable to the original program. Conclusions: The extended program can be a useful tool for widening the functional occupation of individuals like the participants of this study.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103722
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume105
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Blindness
  • Communication
  • Daily activities
  • Intellectual disability
  • Leisure
  • Smartphone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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