ERIC Number: EJ1019296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Formative Evaluation of an ABA Outreach Training Program for Parents of Children with Autism in Remote Areas
Heitzman-Powell, Linda S.; Buzhardt, Jay; Rusinko, Lisa C.; Miller, Todd M.
Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, v29 n1 p23-38 Mar 2014
Families in rural or remote areas have limited access to evidence-based intervention for their children with autism. Using web-based training and telemedicine technology, the current study investigated the feasibility of training seven parents to implement Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) strategies with their children with autism. In this exploratory formative evaluation, parents increased their knowledge of ABA strategies and concepts by an average of 39 percentage points, and improved their implementation of ABA strategies with their children by an average of 41 percentage points. A total of 9,052 driving miles were saved across the four families. Implications for families living in remote areas, improvements in the training program, and future research directions are discussed.
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Outreach Programs, Parent Education, Autism, Program Implementation, Achievement Gains, Training Methods, Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Early Intervention, Coaching (Performance), Participant Satisfaction, Online Courses, Skill Development, Pretests Posttests
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