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Using Technology to Expand and Enhance Applied Behavior Analysis Programs for Children with Autism in Military Families

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Technical Report,01 Jul 2015,30 Jun 2016

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University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha United States

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Autism spectrum disorders ASDs are disorders that affect as many 1 in 88 children. Without intensive treatment, the long-term outcomes for children with an ASD remain bleak and are associated with a high divorce rate among parents. Interventions based on applied behavior analysis are well documented, but unfortunately these services are often not available to military-dependent children because of the lack of appropriately training individuals. This project will demonstrate how web-based technologies can increase the availability of this effective treatment. The fifth year of the award involved the continued recruitment of families with a child with an ASD to evaluate the technology-enhanced early-intervention services in familys homes Experiment 3. We have published results for the technology-enhanced tutor-training Fisher, Luczynski, Hood, Lesser, Machado, and Piazza, 2014, which has now been cited by 13 studies via Google Scholar. We have also obtained robust and statistically significant improvements in the technology-enhanced parent-training curriculum Experiment 1, and we are preparing to submit this manuscript for publication. We recruited additional families to participate in the Experiment 3, and we plan to submit a subset of the outcomes skills-based assessment for publication.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Humanities and History

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