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Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center; Shriver Center

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Applied Behavior Analysis | Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Mental Disorders | Psychiatry and Psychology | Psychology


Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) affect one in 110 children in the U.S. Parents of children with ASD need clear and accurate information to communicate with professionals as they seek appropriate services, including applied behavior analysis (ABA) based intervention. Behavioral professionals can assist parents in this endeavor by recommending resources, including online courses. This paper describes the development and evaluation of an online course on ABA for parents of children with ASD. Parents completing a summative field test (N=21) made significant gains in knowledge and reported high levels of satisfaction. Implications include the potential for enhanced parent-professional collaboration in treatment decision-making.


applied behavior analysis, behavioral intervention

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Fleming, Richard; Curtin, Carol; Gray, Cheryl A.; and Hamad, Charles D. (2014) "Discovering Behavioral Intervention: A Parent’s Interactive Guide to ABA," Current Issues in Emerging eLearning: Vol. 1: Iss. 1, Article 3. Available at: PMCID:NIHMS604362

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Current Issues in Emerging eLearning