The impact of a telehealth platform on ABA-based parent training targeting social communication in children with autism spectrum disorder

Jenny Ferguson, Katerina Dounavi*, Emma A. Craig

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Abstract

Interventions based upon applied behaviour analysis (ABA) have been shown to be best practice for children with autism spectrum disorder. However, in many parts of the world there is a shortage of appropriately trained behaviour analysts. Telehealth is a potential solution to increasing access to ABA. Our study assessed the use of telehealth to provide parent training in naturalistic teaching strategies designed to increase child communication skills. Five parent child dyads took part in the training, utilising didactic training and synchronous coaching. Parents could be trained to a high level of fidelity and viewed the training favourably. Children showed variable gains in communication and improved positive affect. The project was cost effective in comparison with traditional training models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1089–1120
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
Volume34
Issue number6
Early online date29 Mar 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2022

Keywords

  • telehealth
  • applied behaviour analysis
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • parent training
  • communication

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