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Project Title

Project Title

Using an internet-based program to teach a naturalistic intervention to parents of children with ASD

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Wainer, Allison

Description

Description

There is an increasing need for the adaptation of evidence-based interventions to non-traditional service delivery methods for families of children with autism. Internet-based instructional formats have been shown to be an effective means of dissemination of intervention for various clinical populations. To date, however, no research has examined the potential of innovative internet technology to provide standardized training with additional remote coaching to parents of children with autism. The use of a remote, internet-delivered, parent training program has the potential to surmount many of the challenges typically associated with accessing and implementing such programs. Consequently, an internet-delivered, distance learning program was created to introduce parents to Reciprocal Imitation Training, a naturalistic behavioral intervention that has been shown to increase imitation on objects and gestures in young children with autism. This study will assess the degree to which parents can learn and effectively implement an evidence-based intervention, Reciprocal Imitation Training (RIT), after engaging in an internet-based training program. Additional goals of this study are to: (1) evaluate the necessity of feedback and coaching for parents' achievement of fidelity of implementation, (2) assess the impact of parent participation on child behavior, specifically child engagement and child imitation skills, and (3) assess the acceptability of this training approach to parents. The development and evaluation of such a program is critical to furthering efforts aimed at increasing access to evidence-based intervention for children with autism and their families.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2011-2013

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 5: Where Can I Turn For Services?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 5LC. Evaluate new and existing pre-service and in-service training to increase skill levels in service providers, including direct support workers, parents and legal guardians, education staff, and public service workers, to benefit the spectrum of people with ASD to and promote interdisciplinary practice by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $8,000,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Using an internet-based program to teach a naturalistic intervention to parents of children with ASD (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Michigan State University

State/Country

State/Country

Michigan

Project Number

Project Number

7416

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Using an internet-based program to teach a naturalistic intervention to parents of children with ASD | 28000 | 2011 | 7416
Using an internet-based program to teach a naturalistic intervention to parents of children with ASD | 0 | 2012 | 7416

 
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