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Dev Neurorehabil. 2017 May;20(4):185-193. doi: 10.3109/17518423.2015.1133724. Epub 2016 Apr 7.

Assistive technology to promote occupation and reduce mouthing by three boys with fragile X syndrome.

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1
a Department of Neurosciences , University of Bari , Bari , Italy.
2
b Lega del Filo d'Oro Research Center , Molfetta , Italy.
3
c Department of Educational Sciences, Psychology, Communication , University of Bari , Bari , Italy.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To extend the use of assistive technology (AT) for promoting a new adaptive response and to reduce hand mouthing, by three boys with fragile X syndrome. To monitor the effects of the intervention program on the positive mood. To carry out a three month follow-up phases. To conduct a social validation assessment involving 30 parents of children who presented multiple disabilities as raters.

METHODS:

The study was implemented according to an ABAB experimental design, where A represented baseline phases (technology available but inactive) and B represented intervention phases (the technology ensured 7 s of positive stimulation).

RESULTS:

All participants improved and consolidated their performance. Parents involved in the social validation assessment rated positively the use of such technology.

CONCLUSION:

AT-based program was useful, affordable, and effective for enhancing constructive engagement, self-determination, and for improving quality of life by children with fragile X syndrome and severe to profound developmental disabilities.

KEYWORDS:

Assistive technology; cognitive-behavioral interventions; developmental disabilities; fragile X syndrome; quality of life

PMID:
27054947
DOI:
10.3109/17518423.2015.1133724
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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