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Training Early Intensive Behavior Interventionists: A Replication and Extension of eLearning Instruction
AuthorSigler-Kamen, Kimberly Anne
AdvisorGhezzi, Patrick M.
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AbstractEarly Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI) is the most effective treatment for young children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) today. This and the fact that the prevalence of ASD continues to climb around the world drives the need for specially-trained EIBI interventionists. Many states are now mandating insurance companies pay for EIBI services. This makes it even more imperative to train interventionists, and to train them to the standard of care that insurance companies require. eLearning may be an approach to training interventionists that may provide quality training. eLearning offers practical solutions to time consuming and expensive traditional training procedures. One such eLearning program, Skills eLearning, is a computer-based program developed by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD). Previous research on eLearning shows that it improves knowledge of principles, and concepts of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). How eLearning impacted the tutor trainee's ability to actually work with a child was unknown. The present study compared pre-test and post-test measures of the trainee's knowledge of ABA together with pre-test and post-test measures of their skills as an interventionist. Results show that eLearning increases an interventionist's knowledge of ABA; eLearning also improves the ability to implement discrete trial instruction with a child with ASD and a simulated teaching session.