PROMOTING AN AWARENESS OF RESEARCH-BASED BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONS IN AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS USING AN ONLINE BEHAVIOR MODULE

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2011-05

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The recent increase in the number of children being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has led to increasing demand for information by professionals, parents, students and educators. ASD has been defined as a developmental disorder usually identified in early childhood between 18 and 30 months of age. One of the core symptoms of ASD is a dysfunction in social behavior. In response to a growing need for information on research-based interventions for ASD, the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research at Texas Tech University developed an online format module designed to build the knowledge and skill base of professionals, caregivers and parents working with students with ASD. Research-based interventions provide the framework to incorporate what is known from research into real-world practice in a manner accessible to families, responsive to what children need, and consistent with what providers can accomplish, given available skills and resources.
The module utilizes an online format with several research-based interventions to provide a strong foundation in autism education. The main findings of the research established the behavior module as an effective learning tool in benefiting children with ASD. Subjects who were exposed to the behavior module demonstrated extensive improvement in their content knowledge and showed enormous satisfaction with the module. In other words, the behavior module was certainly helpful to promote participants’ content knowledge in ASD.

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