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PROPOSE OF AN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY DEVICE FOR ACCESS TO THE TABLET: SINGLE-CASE RESEARCH DESIGN

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The use of alternative communication resources has been encouraged for children and youth with cerebral palsy, as they allow the expansion of its social participation. Among them, the tablet stands out for its portability and for the interest of users. The general goal of the study was to evaluate the use of adaptive device on the tablet to access applications and documents as a form of leisure for a young with cerebral palsy. Participated in the study an 18 year-old young woman with cerebral palsy user of alternative communication board paper. A protocol record of events allowed register the input repertoire (experimental phase A) and participant's performance (experimental phase B) in the course of interventions. It was developed an intervention program for learning and adaptation of an assistive technology resource to enable the use of the tablet to alternative communication by the participant. The AB design used in this study makes it possible to verify that from the implementation of interventions there was an abrupt increase in the percentage of independence in the use of technological resources by the participant. The percentage of independence and the demonstration of aid levels used in each performed session enable the analysis of the effectiveness of the proposed intervention, demonstrating the effects of each decision of the occupational therapist from the behavioural responses issued by the participant of the study. The proposed resource has achieved the aims outlined allowing access and use of tablet for communication.

Author(s):

Gerusa Lourenco    
Federal University of São Carlos
Brazil

Natalia Petroni    
Federal University of São Carlos
Brazil

Iasmin Boueri    
Federal University of São Carlos
Brazil

 

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