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11th International Conference; Dublin, Ireland; 2022

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Paper Session #46
Telehealth in Practice
Friday, September 2, 2022
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Meeting Level 2; Wicklow Hall 2B
Area: AUT
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Emma Craig (Queen's University, Belfast)
Examining the Effectiveness of Brief Functional Analysis and Functional Communication Training Delivered through Telehealth.
Domain: Service Delivery
EMMA CRAIG (Queen's University, Belfast), Katerina Dounavi (Queen's University Belfast), Janet Ferguson (Queen's University Belfast)
Abstract: This study evaluates the effectiveness of a brief functional analysis (FA) and functional communication training (FCT) conducted via telehealth. Three interventionist-child dyads took part in the study including one speech and language pathologist and two school teaching assistants, each working with one child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Interventionists were trained to fidelity using didactic training to implement a brief FA through support via live coaching from a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst® (BCBA®). A multiple baseline across participants design was utilised to evaluate if interventionists could implement functional communication training to decrease of problem behaviours that included aggression, elopement and disruption in children with ASD. The brief functional analysis identified a behaviour function for each participant indicating that brief FAs can be conducted successfully when provide support remotely. Sessions concluded earlier than planned due to school closures mandated by the COVID-19 outbreak for two of the three participants, with collected data providing evidence that telehealth is a valid model for enabling clinicians to effectively deliver assessment and intervention procedures remotely via telehealth.

The Effects of a Telehealth Parent Training Package on Child Communication Across Verbal Operants

Domain: Applied Research
JANET FERGUSON (Queen's University Belfast), Katerina Dounavi (Queen's University Belfast), Emma Craig (Queen's University, Belfast), Jennifer Holloway (National University of Ireland, Galway)

There is a growing body of evidence supporting the use of telehealth to provide parent training in behaviour analytical interventions and researchers have begun to focus on international demonstrations of this model. Given the recent changes to the Behavior Analysts Certification Board (BACB) international credentialing and lockdowns imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic this is a very pertinent area of research. This presentation will discuss our study, which trained parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder in naturalistic teaching strategies, designed to provide them with methods to increase social communication behaviour across verbal operants. Two parent-child dyads were taught to increase mand, tact and intraverbal behaviour during play. Parents displayed increases in fidelity for each strategy and viewed training favourable. Both children showed gains across verbal operants, as captured by a multiple baseline across behaviour design.




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