Assisting People with Multiple Disabilities and Minimal Motor Behavior to Control Environmental Stimulation through a Mouse Wheel
Research in Developmental Disabilities Volume 30, Number 6, ISSN 0891-4222
This study assessed whether two people with profound multiple disabilities and minimal motor behavior would be able to control environmental stimulation using thumb poke ability with a mouse wheel and a newly developed mouse driver (i.e., a new mouse driver replacing standard mouse driver, and turning a mouse into a precise thumb poke detector). The study was carried out according to an ABAB design and included a 2-month post-intervention check. The two people increased significantly in the target response (thumb poke) to activate the control system to produce environmental stimulation during the B (intervention) phases. This performance was maintained at the post-intervention check. Practical and developmental implications of the findings were discussed. (Contains 3 figures.)
Shih, C.H., Shih, C.T., Lin, K.T. & Chiang, M.S. (2009). Assisting People with Multiple Disabilities and Minimal Motor Behavior to Control Environmental Stimulation through a Mouse Wheel. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 30(6), 1413-1419.