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Assistive technologies for promoting inclusion for children with multiple disabilities


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The study reported here is aimed at assessing the efficacy of a computer-based alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) program for two children with cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities. The results show that both participants’ communication skills improved during intervention and post-intervention phases. This was confirmed by scores from social validation procedures carried out by undergraduate students; these substantiated the hypothesis of the intervention’s rehabilitation value. These results support the clinical validity of the computer-mediated AAC intervention for children with multiple/profound disabilities.

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Educational Technology; Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL); Stellar; Augmentative and Alternative Communication; Assistive Technologies; Communication deficits; Cognitive Behavioral Intervention; Rehabilitation;

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17471/2499-4324/158

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