Dec 1, 1984

Selective auditory preferences and the use of automated equipment by severely, profoundly and multiply handicapped children

Journal of Mental Deficiency Research
S M Glenn, C C Cunningham


Using automated equipment, contingent responding and auditory preferences were examined in 15 severely, profoundly and multiply handicapped children (CMAs 3-20 months) and 2 non-handicapped children at ages 5.0 and 9.5 months. 15 children showed contingent responding; prolonged responding was shown by the profoundly handicapped group. Where auditory preferences were apparent, they were the same as those seen in Down's syndrome and non-handicapped groups at the same developmental level. Children at the 5 months developmental level and less, had difficulty in making choice responses. Implications for intervention are discussed.

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Association Learning
Augmentative and Alternative Communications Systems
Discrimination Learning
Feedback - System Communication
Down Syndrome
Physically Challenged
Choice Behavior
CMAS gene
Trisomy 21, Mitotic Nondisjunction

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