TITLE

MICROS WITCH FOR VOCALIZATION RESPONSES: COMPARING SINGLE-VERSUS DUAL-MICROPHONE ARRANGEMENTS FOR A MAN WITH MULTIPLE DISABILITIES

AUTHOR(S)
Lancioni, G. E.; O'Reilly, M. F.; Singh, N. N.; Sigafoos, J.; Oliva, D.
PUB. DATE
June 2008
SOURCE
Psychological Reports;Jun2008, Vol. 102 Issue 3, p935
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Microswitches are technical devices designed to enable persons with multiple disabilities to control environmental events, generally preferred stimuli such as music and lights, using simple/feasible responses. For example, a sound-detecting microswitch may allow a person to turn on brief periods of preferred stimulation through simple vocal responses. This study compared the accuracy of two versions of a sound-detecting microswitch, i.e., one using a throat microphone and the other both throat and airborne microphones, for a man with multiple disabilities. Analysis showed that the latter microswitch version radically reduced the false activations present with the former microswitch version. Thus, the latter version seemed to have a clear accuracy advantage over the former with important practical implications.
ACCESSION #
34070344

 

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