Disseminating ASD Interventions: A Pilot Study of a Distance Learning Program for Parents and Professionals.

Department of Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48824, USA, .
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Impact Factor: 3.06). 05/2012; DOI: 10.1007/s10803-012-1538-4
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT There is a need for the adaptation of training in evidence-based interventions to non-traditional methods, particularly for individuals working with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). An internet-based self-directed distance learning program was created to teach reciprocal imitation training, a naturalistic behavioral intervention aimed at increasing imitation in children with ASD. A single-subject multiple-baseline design study evaluated the effect of the program on changes in therapist (sample 1) and parent (sample 2) knowledge and behavior, and changes in child behavior. Adult participants improved their knowledge and use of the intervention techniques, and child participants improved their rates of imitation. Results suggest that a self-directed distance learning program may be effective for disseminating evidence-based practices to individuals working with children with ASD.