The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of an ABA online training technology on the implementation of mand training on three paraprofessionals. Mand training is an evidenced-based instructional procedure used to increase functional communication in students with disabilities.
Participants in the ABA Online Training
Three female paraprofessionals ages 26, 34, and 46 all of Hawaiian background participated. Two paraprofessionals had high school degrees, one with BA in business. One girl and two boys ages 6,8,10 also participated. All paraprofessionals had no previous ABA online training in autism interventions. All three students had developmental disabilities and language delays and goals in their IEPs to increase functional communication.
Setting of the ABA Online Training
Observations took place in an elementary school special education classroom in a rural area of Hawaii. Trainings took place at the school on the special education teacher’s computer. The SpEd Teacher gave the paraprofessionals time during the school day and after to complete the training.
Design A multiple baseline design across subjects was used. The dependant measure for the paraprofessionals was the percentage of correct implementation of mand training procedures. The dependant measure for the students was the percentage of intervals that included spontaneous and prompted mands (requests).
Procedure of the ABA Online Training
During baseline the experimenter observed and recorded during one-to-one instructional times. During the ABA online training, the paraprofessionals were given a username and password to login to the Autism Training Solution’s Learning Management System (now part of Relias Learning). They were shown how to use the system by the experimenter. The system had them do a pretest and then took them through a series of video modules, each ending in a competency quiz. After they passed the competency quizzes, they were able to take the post-test to finish off the ABA online training.
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