The effects of a bioresponse system on the joint attention behaviour of adults with visual and severe or profound intellectual disabilities and their affective mutuality with their caregivers

Kyra Frederiks (Corresponding author), Paula Sterkenburg, Emilia Barakova, Loe Feijs

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Abstract

Background: The subtle communicative behaviour of individuals with visual and severe/profound intellectual disabilities hinders the success of their interaction with professional caregivers. The bioresponse system, a tool to raise caregivers' awareness of the client's communicative behaviour, may improve the client's joint attention behaviour and the dyad's affective mutuality. Method: Four client–caregiver dyads participated in a randomized multiple baseline study with repeated baseline, intervention and follow-up observations. The bioresponse system's effect was evaluated with measures of joint attention and affective mutuality. Results: Two clients showed a significant difference on one or two joint attention subscales (including one significant decrease), and for all clients, at least one joint attention subscale revealed a positive trend. Positive trends in affective mutuality scores were observed in two dyads. Conclusions: The results stress the importance of further research to the effects of using the bioresponse system's in daily care for persons with severe/profound intellectual disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)890-900
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume32
Issue number4
Early online date4 Feb 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • affective mutuality
  • bioresponse system
  • effect study
  • joint attention
  • severe/profound intellectual disabilities
  • visual impairments

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