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Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol. 2011;6(5):412-9. doi: 10.3109/17483107.2011.580899. Epub 2011 May 11.

Technology-assisted programmes to promote leisure engagement in persons with acquired brain injury and profound multiple disabilities: two case studies.

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Department of Psychology, University of Bari, Italy.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate technology-assisted programmes for enabling a woman and a man with brain injury and profound multiple disabilities to acquire leisure engagement.

METHOD:

The technology for the woman (Study I) involved a portable computer with mouse, a Clicker 4 software package, a touch/pressure microswitch, and an interface to connect the Clicker with the microswitch. This technology allowed the woman to choose with a simple hand response among four stimulus categories (e.g., watching a film and interacting with others), each of which included several alternatives. The technology for the man (Study II) involved a computer-based choice system that allowed him to select preferred songs through a microswitch-aided finger-movement response.

RESULTS:

Data showed that the two participants learned to use the technology available and selected among the stimulus events thus reaching positive leisure engagement.

CONCLUSION:

Technology-assisted programmes may provide persons with acquired brain injury and multiple disabilities leisure engagement opportunities.

PMID:
21561229
DOI:
10.3109/17483107.2011.580899
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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