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*, 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 date12 Mar 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

Keywords

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

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