Development of an Internet-Based Parent Training Intervention for Children with ASD
Final rept. 30 Sep 2010 29 Sep 2014
MICHIGAN STATE UNIV EAST LANSING
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The objective of this project is to develop and pilot an internet-delivered parent training program for caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders ASD. The intervention will be based on an evidence-based curriculum that uses a blend of developmental and behavioral intervention strategies during daily routines and activities. In the second phase of the project Years 2 and 3, the focus is on pilot testing two delivery methods for the online parent training program 1 self-administered only and 2 self-administered plus remote coaching to examine their feasibility, acceptability, and usability. We have enrolled 22 participants out of 30 and data collection is underway. Preliminary data analyses support the feasibility of the program. Parents in both groups exhibit high rates of program engagement, high levels of program satisfaction, and gains in conceptual intervention knowledge and fidelity of implementation of the intervention with their child. Parents in the self-administered plus remote coaching group demonstrated greater levels of program engagement and program satisfaction.