Using computer systems as microswitches for vocal utterances of persons with multiple disabilities.

Abstract

We assessed the effects of two computer systems used as microswitches for the vocal utterances of an adolescent and a young adult with multiple disabilities. The systems were to respond to three one-syllable utterances of the first participant and nine word-like utterances of the second participant by presenting favorite stimuli linked to those utterances. The computer system used for the first participant relied on a software program developed specifically for this study. The computer system used for the second participant combined a new software program with a commercially available speech recognition program. Results showed that both participants increased the frequencies of their target utterances and obtained high levels of stimulation. Positive performance was maintained at post-intervention checks. Technical and practical implications of the data are discussed.

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@article{Lancioni2004UsingCS, title={Using computer systems as microswitches for vocal utterances of persons with multiple disabilities.}, author={Giulio E Lancioni and Nirbhay N Singh and Mark F O'Reilly and Doretta Oliva and Gianluigi Montironi and Francesco Piazza and Emanuele Ciavattini and Ferruccio Bettarelli}, journal={Research in developmental disabilities}, year={2004}, volume={25 2}, pages={183-92} }