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A personal digital assistant for improving independent transitioning in adolescents with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder.
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PMID:  23030628     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Objective: This study evaluated the effectiveness of a personal digital assistant (PDA) on independent transitioning between activities in a day treatment centre for youth with high-functioning ASD. Methods: Within a multiple baseline design across four participants, data were collected on participant's transitioning and staff's prompting behaviour. Intervention by staff consisted of one technical instruction session on use of the PDA and non-specific instruction following incorrect transitions while not using the PDA, in the natural setting. Results: Analysis revealed a significant increase in percentage independent daily transitions, which resulted from the independent use of the PDA. The change in staff's prompt use during intervention was mainly the result of a significant decrease in the use of non-specific prompts in correcting participant's transition behaviour. Conclusion: A brief intervention was effective in improving independent transitioning using a PDA. Findings are evaluated in light of their clinical implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Annemiek Palmen; Robert Didden; Lisette Verhoeven
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-3
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental neurorehabilitation     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1751-8431     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Neurorehabil     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101304394     Medline TA:  Dev Neurorehabil     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Dr Leo Kannerhuis Doorwerth, Centre for Autism , The Netherlands.
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