Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Symposium #100
CE Offered: BACB — 
Using Telepractice to Coach Parents and Students in Japan on Naturalistic Teaching
Saturday, May 27, 2017
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Convention Center 304
Area: TBA/DDA; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Ashley Labay (University of Texas at San Antonio)
Discussant: Ee Rea Hong (University of Tsukuba)
CE Instructor: Ee Rea Hong, Ph.D.

Telepractice refers to using technology to deliver training from a distance. Telepractice can allow Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) to access more students and families and teach applied behavior analytic (ABA) to more people. For example, Wacker et al., 2013 revealed that it is feasible for parents to conduct functional communication training (FCT) when being coached by BCBAs that were within 200 miles via telepractice. While there is developing literature supporting the use of distance technology to disseminate ABA, there is limited support for the use of this technology in global dissemination. These studies aim to extend the telepractice literature base by evaluating the use of telepractice to disseminate naturalistic instruction on a global level. Naturalistic instruction involves teaching in one's natural environment and reinforcing behavior with natural contingencies. The authors will speak on their research done on using telepractice to coach parents and students on naturalistic teaching in Japan.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): communication, naturalistic teaching, supervision, tele-practice

Dissemination of Applied Behavior Analysis Through Global Telepractice

ILEANA UMANA (The University of Texas at San Antonio), Leslie Neely (The University of Texas at San Antonio), Ee Rea Hong (University of Tsukuba), Sawako Kawaminami (University of Tsukuba)

We investigated the effects of a global telepractice training package on participants implementation of incidental teaching. The supervisor was a BCBA-D in the United States while the supervisees worked at a community based clinic in Japan. The supervisor worked with one bi-lingual coach to master incidental teaching via videoconferencing and delayed video-based feedback. The coach then taught three subsequent therapists. Impacts of this global telepractice training program will be discussed in terms of therapist fidelity of implementing incidental teaching, impact on child mands, and social validity of the training program.


Fostering Parent-Delivered Tele-Home Practice in Naturalistic Communication Teaching for Three Japanese Children With ASD

LIYUAN GONG (University of Tsukuba), Ee Rea Hong (University of Tsukuba), Liyuan Gong (University of Tsukuba), Sawako Kawaminami (University of Tsukuba), Leslie Neely (The University of Texas at San Antonio), Jennifer Ganz (Texas A&M University)

Both naturalistic communication and parent-delivered interventions are considered evidence-based practices for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). However, it is not well known how much this delivery model may actually be efficient in terms of cost, time, and effort for parents. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a training on parent implementation of naturalistic communication teaching procedures and on childs communication skills using a tele-home practice. This study used a self-training manual that included written and video instructions to provide parent training in participants home environments. A changing criterion design was utilized. Three mother-child dyads with children ages 4-6 years with a diagnosis of ASD participated in this study. In addition to the self-training manual, the mother participants were asked to complete a self-checklist of the instructional procedures after each session. Based on the participants performances, written feedback was provided. Pre- and post-training and follow-up data collection are still under way.




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