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Teaching Reciprocal Imitation Training To Parents Of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Through Combined Internet-Based And In Vivo Instruction

Taylor, Johanna (2014) Teaching Reciprocal Imitation Training To Parents Of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Through Combined Internet-Based And In Vivo Instruction. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are known to have significant difficulties with imitation observed across settings and situations leading to deficits in pivotal skills necessary for development. Research has shown us that imitation is especially absent for children with autism within naturalistic, play-based routines. Reciprocal Imitation Training (RIT) has emerged as an effective method to teach children with ASD to imitate within these types of situations. Similarly, evidence supports parent-implemented interventions as a reliable way to improve skills in children with ASD. This research study implemented a multiple probe single-subject design across four children with ASD and their parents to examine the effect of practitioner training on parental acquisition of RIT strategies, child imitation, and child social-engagement. Findings support the effectiveness of training parents through a combination of Internet-based and in-vivo instruction. All four parents met the intervention fidelity criterion during training sessions and three maintained their skills during follow up. Rate of spontaneous imitation improved greatly in one participant with moderate improvements in three. Slight increases in duration of social-engagement were observed in three participants with a moderate increase in one. Limitations regarding combining Internet-based and in-vivo instruction and recommendations for future research are discussed.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Taylor, Johannajpt24@pitt.eduJPT24
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairKaczmarek, Louisekaczmk@pitt.eduKACZMK
Committee MemberKostewicz, Douglasdekost@pitt.eduDEKOST
Committee MemberRobertson, RachelRACHELR@pitt.eduRACHELR
Messick, Cherylcmessick@pitt.eduCMESSICK
Date: 22 May 2014
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 7 April 2014
Approval Date: 22 May 2014
Submission Date: 24 April 2014
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 196
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Instruction and Learning
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: parent training, autism
Date Deposited: 22 May 2014 15:59
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 14:19


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