ASSESSING A MICROSWITCH-BASED STIMULATION PROCEDURE FOR EYE-BLINKING RESPONSES IN A YOUNG WOMAN WITH PROFOUND MULTIPLE DISABILITIES1


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Abstract

Summary.We applied a new microswitch-based stimulation procedure for eye-blinking responses with a young woman with profound multiple disabilities, and compared effects of this procedure on the eye-blinking responses and smiling with the effects of a caregiver-based stimulation condition. Analysis showed that the microswitch-based stimulation procedure, with stimulation occurring contingent on eye-blinking responses, increased the frequencies of these responses significantly above the levels recorded in baseline and caregiver-based stimulation conditions. No changes in smiling frequencies occurred. Implications of the findings in terms of alertness, learning, and quality of life are discussed.

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