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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 4/2007

01-04-2007 | Original Paper

DTkid: Interactive Simulation Software for Training Tutors of Children with Autism

Auteurs: Tom Randell, Martin Hall, Lewis Bizo, Bob Remington

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 4/2007

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Abstract

Discrete-trial training (DTT) relies critically on implementation by trained tutors. We report three experiments carried out in the development of “DTkid”—interactive computer simulation software that presents “SIMon”, a realistic virtual child with whom novice tutors can learn and practise DTT techniques. Experiments 1 and 2 exposed groups of participants either to DTkid training or to a control task. Participants in the former groups demonstrated significantly greater procedural and declarative knowledge of DTT. Experiment 3 confirmed this finding, further demonstrating that observation of DTkid training trials alone was sufficient to enhance participants’ declarative and procedural knowledge of DTT. Results indicate that DTkid offers the potential for an effective means of teaching DTT skills to novice tutors of children with autism.
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Prior to testing, video clips were assessed by an independent ABA supervisor who was asked to rate each clip either as correct, or to indicate what error had been made by the tutor on that trial. 96.3 % agreement was achieved between these ratings and the classifications of clips presented in Appendix B.
 
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Owing to the unequal numbers of trials completed by participants, data are presented binned into 1 min intervals across the duration of the experiment.
 
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Marking of participants’ video observation task judgements used for analysis was confirmed by an independent rater with 98.6% agreement across Experiments 1, 2, and 3.
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
DTkid: Interactive Simulation Software for Training Tutors of Children with Autism
Auteurs
Tom Randell
Martin Hall
Lewis Bizo
Bob Remington
Publicatiedatum
01-04-2007
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 4/2007
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-006-0193-z