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Using iPods[R] and iPads[R] in Teaching Programs for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: A Systematic Review
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Research in Developmental Disabilities Volume 34, Number 1, ISSN 0891-4222

Abstract

We conducted a systematic review of studies that involved iPods[R], iPads[R], and related devices (e.g., iPhones[R]) in teaching programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. The search yielded 15 studies covering five domains: (a) academic, (b) communication, (c) employment, (d) leisure, and (e) transitioning across school settings. The 15 studies reported outcomes for 47 participants, who ranged from 4 to 27 years of age and had a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or intellectual disability. Most studies involved the use of iPods[R] or iPads[R] and aimed to either (a) deliver instructional prompts via the iPod Touch[R] or iPad[R], or (b) teach the person to operate an iPod Touch[R] or iPad[R] to access preferred stimuli. The latter also included operating an iPod Touch[R] or an iPad[R] as a speech-generating device (SGD) to request preferred stimuli. The results of these 15 studies were largely positive, suggesting that iPods[R], iPod Touch[R], iPads[R], and related devices are viable technological aids for individuals with developmental disabilities. (Contains 1 table.)

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Kagohara, D.M., van der Meer, L., Ramdoss, S., O'Reilly, M.F., Lancioni, G.E., Davis, T.N., Rispoli, M., Lang, R., Marschik, P.B., Sutherland, D., Green, V.A. & Sigafoos, J. (2013). Using iPods[R] and iPads[R] in Teaching Programs for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: A Systematic Review. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(1), 147-156. Retrieved December 14, 2019 from .

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