20 ways to maximize the use of single switch technology with students with severe disabilites
Students with severe physical and/or cognitive disabilities may find it very difficult to engage in activities in their environment. Single switch technology can provide the means for adapting activities to meet student’s diverse needs (Brett, 1995). Single switches can be used as tools for promoting the development of cognitive skills (e.g., establishing cause-effect relationships), developing purposeful motor skills (e.g., reaching, pressing), enhancing social and play skills (e.g., facilitating interactions with peers and adults), and increasing independence and control over the environment.
Utah Personnel Development Center
The Utah Special Educator
Single switch; Severe disabilities; Assistive technology; Disabled students
People with disabilities; Self-help devices for people with disabilities
Johnston, S. S. (2006). 20 ways to maximize the use of single switch technology with students with severe disabilites. The Utah Special Educator, 27(2), 44-7.