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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.

Teaching students with developmental disabilities to operate an iPod Touch(®) to listen to music.
Kagohara DM, Sigafoos J, Achmadi D, van der Meer L, O’Reilly MF, Lancioni GE.
Source

Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.
Abstract

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.

Here is a paper I found looking for the link to the above study
Three Students with Developmental Disabilities Learn to Operate an iPod to Access Age-Appropriate Entertainment Videos

Again, small. I haven’t looked through to see how good the study is. I’m just glad to see this technology being investigated like this at this point.

  1. David N. Andrews M. Ed., C. P. S. E.:
    Go Kiwis!!!! The people who came up with lovely little phones with mp3 players in them can't even get that act together!
  2. David N. Andrews M. Ed., C. P. S. E.:
    comment in moderation - without a single swear word in it! :S
  3. Sullivan:
    David, my guess is mp3 and phones set off some sort of spam warning. Who knows.

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