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Computer-Assisted Well-Body Assessment of Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Program Description, Implementation Integrity, and Social Validation

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We describe a computer-assisted program for conducting well-body assessments of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities attending a private special education school. Classroom instructors completed daily assessments to detect the presence of bodily injuries and other skin trauma, determine the need for medical treatment, and monitor healing status. Evaluations performed with the classroom instructors revealed that they implemented the program with high integrity and rated several procedural components favorably. Compared to “paper form” data recording, clinicians and supervisors judged the computer-assisted program to track student injuries more thoroughly and record student injuries more accurately. The importance of health monitoring among persons with neurodevelopmental disabilities, advantages of technology-based assessment methods, and practice considerations are discussed.

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Shlesinger, A., Bird, F., Harper, J.M. et al. Computer-Assisted Well-Body Assessment of Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Program Description, Implementation Integrity, and Social Validation. J Dev Phys Disabil (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10882-021-09821-w

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Keywords

  • Assessment technology
  • Health monitoring
  • Implementation integrity
  • Neurodevelopmental disabilities
  • Social validity