Fabrizio Stasolla

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The present study assessed the use of a voice-detecting sensor interfaced with a scanning keyboard emulator to allow two boys with extensive motor disabilities to write. Specifically, the study (a) compared the effects of the voice-detecting sensor with those of a familiar pressure sensor on the boys' writing time, (b) checked which of the sensors the boys(More)
BACKGROUND Post-coma persons with multiple disabilities may represent a challenge to rehabilitation centers, due to their clinical conditions. Moreover, they can failed to engage adaptive responses aimed at the self-management of environmental stimuli. OBJECTIVES To assess the impact and social rating of a new assistive technology set-up for promoting(More)
A technology-based program to promote independent choice behaviors by three children with cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities was assessed. The program was based on learning principles and assistive technology (i.e., customized input devices/sensors, personal computers, screening of preferred stimuli according to a binomial criterion). The first(More)
Rett syndrome (RS) is a progressive neurodevelopmental disorder caused by X-linked genetic mutations in the methyl-cytosinephosphate-guanine binding protein 2 (MECP2) gene located on Xq28, occurring primarily in females, first described by Rett (1966). It is characterized by a gradual deterioration in cognitive, communicative, and motor abilities, starting(More)
This study assessed whether a microswitch duster with favorite stimulation could help a 9.1-yr.-old child with multiple disabilities increase arm-lifting responses without dystonic, sideways head tilting. The microswitch cluster involved two microswitches, one at the child's arm to monitor the lifting response, and the other at the child's head to monitor(More)
We adapted a grid into a microswitch for the hand movements of a girl with profound multiple disabilities who lay on her back. The grid, suspended above the girl's face, was equipped with two mercury devices, i.e., small sealed ampoules containing a mercury drop and ending with conductive leads. A lateral or forward movement of the grid would make the(More)
This study proposed the use of assistive technology (AT) to promote communication and leisure opportunities by three children with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Furthermore, it assessed the effects of such technology on the indices of positive participation and provided a social validation procedure. Three children emerged from a minimal conscious state and(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the effectiveness and acceptability of microswitch technology and a keyboard emulator to enable three participants with extensive neuro-motor disabilities to write words. METHOD In Study I, two participants triggered an automatic scanning keyboard and selected/wrote letters via a small sliding movement of their hand(s) activating a(More)
Children with severe or profound intellectual and motor disabilities often present problems of balance and ambulation and spend much of their time sitting or lying, with negative consequences for their development and social status. Recent research has shown the possibility of using a walker (support) device and microswitches with preferred stimuli to(More)
This study was aimed at extending the use of assistive technology (i.e., photocells, interface and personal computer) to support choice strategies by three girls with Rett syndrome and severe to profound developmental disabilities. A second purpose of the study was to reduce stereotypic behaviors exhibited by the participants involved (i.e., body rocking,(More)