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Examination of the Use of a Spanish Version of the Online and Applied System for Intervention Skills (OASIS) Training Program with Parents of Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Heitzman-Powell, L.
Buzhardt, J.

10/01/11-09/30/14

University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute, Inc. (USDE-NIDRR)

OASIS Family Therapy Series (PDF)

Purpose: This project seeks to address the access and training deficit for Spanish-speaking parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by adapting the Online and Applied System for Intervention Skills (OASIS) Training Program for use with parents who speak Spanish and have a child with an ASD to teach them how to implement empirically-based interventions with their child. The development of this program proceeds across five phases: (1) initial project development, (2) translation and adaptation of existing training resources for Hispanic caregivers, (3) formative evaluation and revision, (4) full program evaluation and revision, and (5) final analysis and preparation for dissemination. During training, parents practice the techniques discussed in that week’s online tutorials with their child while receiving guidance and immediate feedback from a bilingual clinician with a background in behavior analysis and trained to implement OASIS. Program effectiveness is evaluated based on: parental knowledge and skill fluency, child adaptive behaviors, and reported family quality of life. In addition, families complete exit surveys to elicit feedback regarding program improvement and any problems they experienced, particularly regarding cultural and/or language barriers experienced.

 


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