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Further evaluation of microswitch clusters to enhance hand response and head control in persons with multiple disabilities.
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PMID:  16060428     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study was a further evaluation of microswitch clusters (combinations of two microswitches) to improve adaptive responding together with correct head position in two persons with multiple disabilities. The two participants were 19.7 and 6.6 yr. old and had profound intellectual disabilities, spastic tetraparesis, and visual impairment. They were initially taught an adaptive hand response that activated a pressure microswitch and produced favorite stimulation. Thereafter, their performance of the hand response produced favorite stimulation only when it was combined with a correct head position (detected through a mercury microswitch). Analysis showed that both participants increased the frequency of the hand response and, subsequently, the percentage of times they emitted this response in combination with correct (upright) head position. In essence, they were able to coordinate constructive occupation with exercise of appropriate posture. Performance was maintained at a 2-mo. postintervention check.
G E Lancioni; M F O'Reilly; N N Singh; D Oliva; L Scalini; C M Vigo; J Groeneweg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perceptual and motor skills     Volume:  100     ISSN:  0031-5125     ISO Abbreviation:  Percept Mot Skills     Publication Date:  2005 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-08-02     Completed Date:  2005-10-20     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401131     Medline TA:  Percept Mot Skills     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  689-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Bari, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Disabled Persons / education,  rehabilitation*
Education, Special / methods
Equipment Design
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Follow-Up Studies
Hand / physiology*
Head / physiology*
Movement / physiology*
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Posture / physiology*
Self-Help Devices / standards*
Transducers / standards

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