Education & Training in Autism & Developmental Disabilities
The use of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in the child's natural setting is critical for young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to improve communication skills and promote generalization. Yet, to implement EBPs effectively, caregivers often require training. The purpose of this study is to explore the efficacy of behavior skills training (BST) to teach a caregiver to implement a parent-implemented discrete trial training (DTT) intervention in their home. Using a multiple baseline design, one caregiver was taught to implement the intervention focused on three verbal behavior operants. Results demonstrated a functional relation between the BST and caregiver implementation. This study provides a model for therapists and educators working with caregivers to implement communication interventions in the home.
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Original Publication Citation
Coleman, H., Layden, S. J., & Horner, L. G. (2023). Improving caregiver implementation of communication supports for young children with autism. Education & Training in Autism & Developmental Disabilities, 58(2), 162-180.
Coleman, Heather; Layden, Selena J.; and Horner, Lynda Gayle, "Improving Caregiver Implementation of Communication Supports for Young Children With Autism" (2023). Communication Disorders & Special Education Faculty Publications. 83.