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For individuals with severe/profound and a number of disabilities, dealing with the fundamental must haves of way of life usually poses myriad demanding situations. regardless of nice odds, advances in assistive expertise are creating a distinction in those participants’ lives. Advances in microswitches, voice final result verbal exchange aids, and computer-based structures are growing new possibilities for dwelling independently, enhancing uncomplicated lifestyles abilities, and decreasing challenge behaviors between people with mixed motor, sensory, and highbrow disabilities.

This targeted quantity examines how schooling and rehabilitation can increase the lives of even these participants most influenced by means of severe/profound and a number of disabilities. Interventions at present in use and in experimental levels are surveyed when it comes to how they paintings and their applicability to consumers with a number of wishes. moreover, it examines the features of developmentally disabled populations and provides guidance for selecting compatible applied sciences. It offers empirical facts at the advances in enhancing interplay with caregivers, keep watch over of the house setting, dealing with self-care initiatives, and different middle talents.

Assistive Technology examines interventions which are leading edge, respectful of the consideration of consumers, and functional for ongoing use, including:

• Microswitches in habilitation programs.
• Speech-generating units for conversation and social development.
• educational know-how for selling educational, paintings, and relaxation skills.
• Assistive expertise for selling ambulation.
• Orientation platforms for selling stream indoors.
• Assistive know-how for lowering challenge behaviors.

A cutting-edge advisor to a starting to be box, Assistive Technology is a useful source for researchers, clinicians, graduate scholars in addition to clinicians and allied pros in developmental psychology, rehabilitation and rehabilitative drugs, studying and guideline, occupational remedy, speech-language pathology, and academic technology.

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Cuvo, A. , Singh, N. , & Didden, R. (2007a). PECS and VOCA to enable students with developmental disabilities to make requests: An overview of the literature. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 28, 468–488. Lancioni, G. , O’Reilly, M. , & Coppa, M. M. (2001c). A microswitch for vocalization responses to foster environmental control in children with multiple disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 45, 271–275. Lancioni, G. , O’Reilly, M. , & Coppa, M. M. (2001d). Using multiple microswitches to promote different responses in children with multiple disabilities.

Singh, N. , O’Reilly, M. , & Groeneweg, J. (2006e). Assessing the effects of stimulation versus 38 2 Use of Microswitches in Habilitation Programs microswitch-based programmes on indices of happiness of students with multiple disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 50, 739–747. Lancioni, G. , Singh, N. , O’Reilly, M. , & Sigafoos, J. (2009c). An overview of behavioral strategies for reducing hand-related stereotypies of persons with severe to profound intellectual and multiple disabilities.

Lancioni et al. (2010d) worked with two post-coma adults (a woman and a man) of 79 and 52 years of age, who presented with a minimally conscious state and extensive neuromotor disabilities. The responses targeted for the first participant were right and left head turning. The responses targeted for the second participant consisted of right and left head bending. The microswitches used for the head-turning responses were tilt devices fixed on a headband that the participant (who was lying in bed) wore during the sessions.

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