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

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Annual rept. 1 Jul 2011-30 Jun 2012

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Autism spectrum disorders ASDs are disorders that affect as many 1 in 91 children. Without intensive treatment, the longterm 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 lack of appropriately training individuals. This project will demonstrate how webbased technologies can increase the availability of this effective treatment. A large part of the first year of the award involved creating e-learning materials for parent-training and tutor-training curricula in Experiments 1 and 2. In designing the curricula, the first part involved creating 20, 60- to 90-minute multimedia modules on general content areas in applied behavior analysis. We have completed the didactic content, slide-by-slide narration, post-module quiz, and video exemplars of the target skills when relevant. The second part involved creating 10, 60- to 90-minute scripted role-plays, in which a parent Experiment 1 or tutor Experiment 2 practices the target skills with an adult friend while receiving feedback from an expert at UNMC. Now that we have finished creating and editing the multimedia modules and scripted role-plays, we are currently recruiting military families and eligible tutors for the first cohort of participants.

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  • Psychology
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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