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Investigating e-Learning Modalities in an Applied Behavior Analysis Course for Caregivers of Children With Autism in the Czech Republic



Year of publication 2022
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
Description Recently, there have been increases in telehealth usage for families with children with autism. The telehealth model can allow for cost-effective supports in areas where other applied behavior analysis (ABA) services might not be available. As a result, e-learning programs for parents of children with autism have become part of the telehealth paradigm. However, a standard model for effective caregiver e-learning has not been established. In the Czech Republic, one of the many places where there are limited ABA supports and no available ABA e-learning courses for families, the development of an e-learning course that is freely available, and linguistically and culturally appropriate, is needed. Nevertheless, without evidence on the best practices in e-learning for supporting caregivers, the best place to start is unknown. Therefore, a pilot study was developed to assess an ABA course for parents in the Czech Republic while also working to draw broader conclusions about best practices in the use of synchronous and asynchronous e-learning components. Results demonstrated that a total of 33 caregivers completed the course, making statistically significant gains in their ABA knowledge and rating the course highly. Interestingly, the addition of synchronous components did not appear to greatly impact any outcome measures. Suggestions for supporting caregivers in e-learning course completion and directions for future research are additionally explored.
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