BACKGROUND: Children with Cornelia de Lange syndrome and severe developmental delays may present gait difficulties, and/or be unable of independent locomotion. OBJECTIVES: To introduce six children with Cornelia de Lange syndrome to a microswitch-based program for supporting locomotion fluency. To examine the awareness of microswitch responding. To evaluate its effects on participants’ positive participation. To carry out a social validation assessment with 108 external raters. METHOD: Study I exposed 6 participants with Cornelia de Lange syndrome to a microswitch-based program aimed at supporting locomotion fluency, the awareness of microswitch responding, and improving positive participation. Study II recruited 3 groups of raters (i.e., physiotherapists, practitioners, and psychologists) in a social validation assessment. RESULTS: Data emphasized an increased performance and awareness of microswitch responding for all the participants involved. Social raters positively scored the use of the technology. CONCLUSION: The microswitch-based program was effective for supporting locomotion fluency of children with Cornelia de Lange syndrome. External experts favorably assessed the implementation of the technology for daily use.

Supporting locomotion fluency of six children with Cornelia de Lange syndrome: Awareness of microswitch responding and social validation

Caffo A. O.;
2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Children with Cornelia de Lange syndrome and severe developmental delays may present gait difficulties, and/or be unable of independent locomotion. OBJECTIVES: To introduce six children with Cornelia de Lange syndrome to a microswitch-based program for supporting locomotion fluency. To examine the awareness of microswitch responding. To evaluate its effects on participants’ positive participation. To carry out a social validation assessment with 108 external raters. METHOD: Study I exposed 6 participants with Cornelia de Lange syndrome to a microswitch-based program aimed at supporting locomotion fluency, the awareness of microswitch responding, and improving positive participation. Study II recruited 3 groups of raters (i.e., physiotherapists, practitioners, and psychologists) in a social validation assessment. RESULTS: Data emphasized an increased performance and awareness of microswitch responding for all the participants involved. Social raters positively scored the use of the technology. CONCLUSION: The microswitch-based program was effective for supporting locomotion fluency of children with Cornelia de Lange syndrome. External experts favorably assessed the implementation of the technology for daily use.
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