Department of Psychology and Behavioural Sciences

Alejandra Zaragoza Scherman

Online Training of Discrete‐Trials Teaching for Educating Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Preliminary Study

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  • Alejandra Zaragoza Scherman
  • Kendra Thomson, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Ashley Boris, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Lindsay Dodson, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Joseph Pear, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Garry Martin, University of Manitoba, Canada
We evaluated a self-instructional manual supported by an online Computer-Aided Personalized System of Instruction (CAPSI) for teaching Discrete-Trials Teaching (DTT) to university students. During baseline and post-training, five participants taught three tasks commonly taught to children with autism spectrum disor-ders to a confederate role-playing a child with autistic disorder. During training, participants studied a self-instructional manual using CAPSI to demonstrate mastery of study questions about DTT. Overall mean baseline accuracy was 54.9%, and improved to 84.7% in post-training, a 30% improvement. These prelimi-nary results are suggestive that CAPSI is an effective educational tool for the delivery of the DTT self-instructional manual.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal on Developmental Disabilities
Pages (from-to)23-34
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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