Teaching students with developmental disabilities to operate an iPod Touch(®) to listen to music.
Posted Jun 09 2011 2:00am
Here is a really, really small study. But the idea to me is very cool. Using the iPod touch (the little brother to the much discussed iPad) to teach children with developmental disabilities to listen to music. The authors worked with only three children (really small), and used video modelling to show kids how to use the iPod touch.
The idea of a simplified, visual operating system like that on the iPod and the iPad is an amazing step forward. A simple task like choosing one’s own music can be a big step forward in independence, if you ask me.
Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.
We evaluated an intervention procedure for teaching three students with developmental disabilities to independently operate a portable multimedia device (i.e., an iPod Touch(®)) to listen to music. The intervention procedure included the use of video modeling, which was presented on the same iPod Touch(®) that the students were taught to operate to listen to music. Four phases (i.e., baseline, intervention, fading, and follow-up) were arranged in accordance with a delayed multiple-probe across participants design. During baseline, the students performed from 25 to 62.5% of the task analyzed steps correctly. With intervention, all three students correctly performed 80-100% of the steps and maintained this level of performance when video modeling was removed and during follow-up. The findings suggest that the video modeling procedure was effective for teaching the students to independently operate a portable multimedia device to access age-appropriate leisure content.