Journal of Behavioral Education

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 247–257 | Cite as

A Picture-Based Activity Schedule Intervention to Teach Adults with Mild Intellectual Disability to Use an iPad During a Leisure Activity

  • Jeffrey Michael Chan
  • Lindsay Lambdin
  • Kimberly Graham
  • Christina Fragale
  • Tonya Davis
Original Paper


Individuals with developmental disabilities have limited opportunities to participate in leisure activities, frequently due to lack of skills. The purpose of the current study was to teach three adults diagnosed with mild intellectual disability to use an iPad in the context of playing the video game Angry Birds. We used an adapted multiple baseline across participants research design to teach the task, which included opening the cover of the iPad, unlocking the device, opening Angry Birds, playing the game, and putting the iPad away. Instruction took place during breaks in a private room at a sheltered workshop. During intervention, participants had access to an activity schedule to aid in completion of the task. In some cases, extra prompts were provided to increase attention to the activity schedule. All three participants showed improvement in the target skill with intervention and gains were sustained during the maintenance phase.


Intellectual disability Activity schedule Leisure iPad 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey Michael Chan
    • 1
  • Lindsay Lambdin
    • 2
  • Kimberly Graham
    • 2
  • Christina Fragale
    • 3
  • Tonya Davis
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Special and Early EducationNorthern Illinois UniversityDe KalbUSA
  2. 2.Helping Hand CenterCountrysideUSA
  3. 3.Department of Special Education, The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational RiskUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  4. 4.Department of Educational PsychologyBaylor UniversityWacoUSA

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