Title SCIENCE AND THE TREATMENT OF AUTISM II: A multimedia package for parents and professionals
Project Number UK/11/LLP-LdV/TOI-461
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
The main aim of this project was to build on STAMPPP and further address the mismatch between increasing rates of autism diagnosis and the availability of professionals trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis.
The target audience included professionals in the field of psychology, medicine, education, and social work, who are concerned with autism, and, importantly, parents of children with autism. The project was realised in two ways. Firstly, adaptations were made of a unique multimedia training resource (SIMPLE STEPS - see www.peatni.org), developed by parents and professionals in a parent-led charity in N. Ireland concerned with the treatment of autism. Secondly, additional material for this resource was generated through dialogue with partners that take into account curriculum development issues in professional training in the science of behaviour analysis as well as cultural issues that are specific to each of the partner countries. As part of the project the partners were provided with a number of free licenses in each of the partner languages (English, Swedish, Italian, Dutch, and Icelandic).
The project addressed the acute shortage of suitably qualified professionals in behaviour analysis in Europe who could design, implement, and monitor interventions to address individual needs of children with autism through the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis. Parents of these children also need training to help maximise the potential benefits of the treatment. In addition, there is a need for home tutors to be trained in ABA who could help parents run programmes. This project addressed this shortage in training opportunities by adapting an innovative multimedia training system for parents and professionals.
The original STAMPPP project was the first of its kind to bring expertise in science-based training in autism to European partner institutions. This current project brought this expertise to a further 4 European countries. The multilingual feature of the multimedia environment will continue to increase learning opportunities where currently a vacuum exists.
The multimedia environment is a valuable guide for lifelong learning on the part of parents. Parents will be able to learn from seeing video clips of treatment procedures that they will be able to adapt to meet the individual needs of each child. In addition, making the material culturally sensitive will help to highlight shortfalls in the teaching of the science across participating countries.
Given the shortage of training courses across Europe, a standardised multimedia environment will help to ensure transparency in competencies that are essential in the development of practical skills for students and continuous professional development for professionals.
The multimedia environment is relatively new to the teaching of the science of behaviour analysis and vocational education and training. As such this Project is specifically targeted as an innovative way of addressing lifelong learning. Currently, training materials in the science of behaviour for the treatment of autism are largely confined to textbooks written in English. For vocational lifelong learners, such as parents and professionals not familiar with scientific practices this presents a formidable obstacle. However, by using audio-visual material along with textural material in their own languages it will be possible to teach the principles of science and demonstrate practices that impact on how one maximises the learning opportunities for children with autism. We aimed to help parents become proficient in delivering home programs for their children; this will make it easier to coordinate learning opportunities for the child with those provided within a school.
In a general context where opportunities to obtain international qualifications in behaviour analysis (see www.bacb.com) are severely restricted, this project aims to continue to develop coherence between the education of children with autism and the vocational education and training of their parents and professionals. As such the project addresses issues concerned with lifelong learning through the promotion and exchange of excellence in scientific training. This will be done via the development and dissemination of innovative multimedia resources for education, based on current scientific evidence. The project will raise the quality of vocational training; build on and transfer best practices from all over Europe; develop and customise training materials for the needs of learners in the partner countries; exchange experiences between teachers, trainers and managers thus increasing the transparency of the different vocational training systems in Europe and foster their modernisation through learning from each other; offer innovations and improvements in Vocational Education and Training across European countries; engage in transfer of knowledge, innovation and expertise between various Vocational Education and Training actors through transnational, and interdisciplinary learning.
Description There is a serious mismatch between increasing rates of autism diagnosis and the availability of professionals trained in the only science with a significant track record in its treatment, Behaviour Analysis. The main aim of this project was to address this mismatch by developing multimedia training resources in behaviour analysis. The target audience includes professionals in the field of psychology, medicine, education, and social work, who are concerned with autism, and, importantly, parents of children with autism. This aim was met in two ways. Firstly, adaptations were made of a unique multimedia training resource (SIMPLE STEPS - see www.peatni.org), developed by parents and professionals in a parent-led charity in N. Ireland concerned with the treatment of autism. Secondly, additional material for this resource was generated through dialogue with partners that take into account curriculum development issues in professional training in the science of behaviour analysis as well as cultural issues that are specific to each of the partner countries. The package was translated into the native language of each partner country. The finished product was made available to parent groups in the partner countries and that it will be promoted by the European Association for Behaviour Analysis for use in Masters level training.
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Recognition, transparency, certification
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open and distance learning
program or curricula
transparency and certification
Product information The translated "Simple Steps" training pack consists of an online text book which is supported by over 2 hours of video material (outlining basic techniques for understanding behaviour, increasing appropriate behaviours, and decreasing inappropriate behaviours), as well as useful resources for parents such as data collection sheets, token boards, toileting charts, etc. As part of the project the partners providde a number of licenses for the online resource in each of the partner languages (English, Swedish, Italian, Dutch, and Icelandic).