Using a Personal Digital Assistant to Enhance the Independence of an Adolescent with Asperger Syndrome

Study: 
Ferguson, H., Smith Myles, B., & Hagiwara, T. (2005) Using a Personal Digital Assistant to Enhance the Independence of an Adolescent with Asperger Syndrome, Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 40(1), 60-67.
Design: 
Ferguson et al, 2005, tested deffectiveness of a PDA app to increase independence and reduce reliance on parents. The results suggested that PDA apps could be useful in reducing reliance on parents and completing tasks at home and at school.

The Personal Digital Assistant (PDA), while in use in the mainstream population, is not generallyutilized by individuals with disabilities. Using a multiple-baseline design across settings we tested effectivenessof using a PDA to increase the independence of an adolescent with Asperger Syndrome (AS). Results indicateduse of the PDA was effective in decreasing the student?s reliance on adults to complete tasks at home and atschool