The efficacy of using telehealth to coach parents of children with autism spectrum disorder on how to use naturalistic teaching to increase mands, tacts and intraverbals

Jenny Ferguson, Katerina Dounavi*, Emma A. Craig

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Abstract

There is a growing body of evidence supporting the use of telehealth to provide parent training in behaviour analytic interventions and researchers have begun to focus on international demonstrations of this model. The current study assessed the efficacy of a training package focused on naturalistic teaching strategies designed to upskill parents of children with autism spectrum disorder and provide them with ready to use strategies to increase social communication behaviours across verbal operants. Two parent-child dyads were trained to increase mand, tact and intraverbals during play. Parents displayed increases in fidelity for each strategy and viewed the training favourably. Both children showed gains across verbal operants, as captured by a multiple baseline across behaviours design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-447
Number of pages31
JournalJournal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
Volume35
Issue number3
Early online date29 Jul 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023

Keywords

  • autism
  • telehealth
  • parent training
  • applied behaviour analysis
  • verbal behaviour

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