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ERIC Number: EJ1147512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Intercontinental Telehealth Coaching of Therapists to Improve Verbalizations by Children with Autism
Barkaia, Ana; Stokes, Trevor F.; Mikiashvili, Tamar
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v50 n3 p582-589 Sum 2017
This study examined the effects of intercontinental telehealth coaching on the mastery of therapists' skills and improvements in verbalizations by children with autism, testing whether telehealth can be a solution for underserved communities in developing countries such as Georgia-Sakartvelo in Eastern Europe. Three therapists delivering and three children with autism receiving early-intervention services from the nongovernmental organization Children of Georgia in Tbilisi participated. Experimenters provided coaching from Virginia, USA to therapists in Georgia-Sakartvelo. Observers in Georgia-Sakartvelo and in Virginia conducted the behavioral observations. We used inexpensive communications technology to provide the coaching and a multiple-baseline design across participants to evaluate the effects of the intervention. Therapists demonstrated improvements in two classes of behaviors: correct command sequences and positive consequences. The children demonstrated improvements with echoics and mands. The study demonstrated that telehealth can be a good model for delivering early-intervention services to children with autism in underserved and distant regions of the world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia; Europe; Georgia Republic
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