Thursday, August 7, 2014

Task Independence Low-Tech Versus High-Tech

task independence low tech versus high tech

Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities published research on whether a difference existed in levels of task independence when three students with autism completed food preparation tasks while self-monitoring using a low-tech treatment (paper/pencil) and high-tech treatment (iPad). The results indicated:

1. both interventions decreased the need for prompting which increases independence
2. Students needed less assistance when using the iPad
3. students maintained their levels of independence in food preparation over the summer
4. social validity interviews indicated the students preferred self monitoring with the iPad over paper/pencil.

Emily C. Bouck, Melissa Savage, Nancy K. Meyer, Teresa Taber-Doughty, and Megan Hunley
High-Tech or Low-Tech? Comparing Self-Monitoring Systems to Increase Task Independence for Students With Autism Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities September 2014 29: 156-167, first published on April 11, 2014 doi:10.1177/1088357614528797


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