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Train the Trainer Effectiveness for Individuals with Autism

In a recent article, published in the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Yoshiko-Shire and Kasari (2014) compiled a systematic review of train the trainer effectiveness of behavior interventions. Results indicated that participants are benefiting from behavioral interventions in the areas of cognition, language and autism symptoms post-community delivered interventions. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the primary behavioral intervention used in the examined studies. The outcome effects for participants with ASD varied based on their developmental level. Train the trainer supports interventionists and community trainers to provide preliminary support for the provision of behavior services to individuals with ASD. Yoshiko-Shire and Kasari (2014) indicate that train the trainer literature should expand to include social communication skills to include varied participant outcomes.

Reference: Yoshiko-Shire, S., & Kasari, C. (2014). Train the trainer effectiveness trials of behavioral intervention for individuals with autism: A systematic review. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 119(5), 436-451.


Enhancing and Practicing Executive Function Skills with Children from Infancy to Adolescence

Executive function and self-regulation (EF/SR) skills provide critical supports for learning and development, and while we aren’t born with these skills, we are born with the potential to develop them through interactions and practice. A new 16-page guide describes a variety of activities and games that represent age-appropriate ways for adults to support and strengthen various components of EF/SR in children.

Each chapter of this guide contains activities suitable for a different age group, from infants to teenagers. The guide may be read in its entirety (which includes the introduction and references) or in discrete sections geared to specific age groups.

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Personalized Approach to Teaching Communication Skills

On July 17, 2014, the ScienceDaily highlighted a study on the success of personalized communication interventions for children with autism, between the 5-8 years old. In particular, Kasari et al. (2014) focused on the impact of using computer tablets for communication instruction, in addition to speech-generating devices, to teach socio-communication skills. The researchers found that children receiving behavioral intervention, in conjunction with socio-communication therapy and technology, learned to communicate faster. Unique to this study was the researchers’ ability to tweak interventions to the individual child based on their progress.

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