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Using applied behavior analysis and smart technology for meeting the health needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Research paper by Linda K LK Haymes, Keith K Storey, Ana A Maldonado, Michal M Post, Joyce J Montgomery

Indexed on: 07 Dec '13Published on: 07 Dec '13Published in: Developmental neurorehabilitation



Abstract

Individuals with intellectual disabilities often have special healthcare concerns such as diabetes, kidney disease, severe allergies, progressive illnesses, respiratory weaknesses, and obesity. Smart technology can be an asset for individuals with intellectual disabilities for better managing their healthcare needs.A critical review of the literature related to applied behavior analysis, smart technology, and health needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities was conducted.This discussion paper describes factors that contribute to the successful use of smart technology for the health issues of individuals with intellectual disabilities.We see key components in developing appropriate access and use of smart technology for the health of people with intellectual disabilities being: (a) systematic instructional methods for consistent and accurate use of the technology, (b) modifying the current technology for people with intellectual disabilities,