Effective Telehealth Training for Parents of Kids with Autism

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Training parents of children with autism spectrum disorder virtually about early behavioral intervention is an accessible and effective approach when in-person instruction isn’t possible, researchers report.

The new study in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Analysis broadens the treatment options for parents of children with autism.

“Since parents play an important role in the treatment of their children’s autism symptoms, developing effective, efficient, socially acceptable, and accessible training so they can implement these interventions is critically important,” says Wayne Fisher, director of the Center for Autism Research, Education and Services at the Rutgers Brain Health Institute.

“However, many parents do not have access to this complex training due to geographic, economic, and time barriers—or more recently the pandemic, which has made in-person training difficult.”

Parents are trained on the intervention, which aims to reduce problem behavior, such as aggression, and to increase adaptive behavior, such as communication and social skills, through a combination of e-learning and play-based training approaches.

For the study, Fisher and his colleagues…


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