Mobile technology use and skills among individuals with fragile X syndrome: implications for healthcare decision making.
J Intellect Disabil Res. 2018 Aug 13;:
Authors: Raspa M, Fitzgerald T, Furberg RD, Wylie A, Moultrie R, DeRamus M, Wheeler AC, McCormack L
BACKGROUND: Little is known about how individuals with fragile X syndrome (FXS) and their families use technology in daily life and what skills individuals with FXS can perform when using mobile technologies.
METHODS: Using a mixed-methods design, including an online survey of parents (n = 198) and a skills assessment of individuals with FXS (n = 6), we examined the experiences and abilities of individuals with FXS for engaging with mobile technology.
RESULTS: Parents reported that individuals with FXS often used technology in their daily lives, with variations based on age of child, sex, autism status, depression, and overall ability. Parents frequently sought and shared FXS-related information online. Assessment data revealed that individuals with FXS demonstrated proficiency in interacting with technology.
CONCLUSIONS: Mobile technology is a tool that can be used in FXS to build skills and increase independence rather than simply for recreational purposes. Implications for using mobile technology to enhance healthcare decision making are discussed.
PMID: 30105880 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]