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Using Computer-Aided Personalized System of Instruction (CAPSI) to teach Discrete-Trials Teaching (DTT) for educating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs)

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dc.contributor.supervisor Pear, Joseph (Psychology) en
dc.contributor.author Zaragoza Scherman, Alejandra
dc.date.accessioned 2010-09-10T22:28:32Z
dc.date.available 2010-09-10T22:28:32Z
dc.date.issued 2010-09-10T22:28:32Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/4151
dc.description.abstract The present study evaluated the use of a self-instructional manual supported by a computer-aided personalized system of instruction (CAPSI) for teaching Discrete-Trials Teaching (DTT) to university students. Prior to studying the manual, five participants taught three tasks, commonly taught to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), to a confederate role-playing a child with an ASD. Using the Discrete-Trials Teaching Evaluation Form (DTTEF), the main researcher assessed the participants’ ability to perform DTT accurately. Subsequently, participants studied a self-instructional manual using CAPSI to demonstrate mastery of study questions about DTT. Finally, participants once again attempted to teach the three tasks to a confederate role-playing a child with an ASD. Overall mean baseline accuracy on the DTTEF was 54.86%, and improved to 84.73% in post-treatment, a 30% improvement. Participants’ self-recorded study time was an average of 12 hours and 48 minutes. The results suggest that CAPSI is an effective educational tool for the delivery of the self-instructional manual. Future research should investigate (1) how to make CAPSI even more effective, and (2) whether these results can be generalized to other populations such as ABA tutors, parents, and paraprofessionals working with children with ASD. en
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dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject psychology en
dc.subject applied behavior analysis (ABA) en
dc.subject autism en
dc.subject discrete-trials teaching (DTT) en
dc.subject computer-aided personalized system of instruction (CAPSI) en
dc.subject self-instructional manual en
dc.title Using Computer-Aided Personalized System of Instruction (CAPSI) to teach Discrete-Trials Teaching (DTT) for educating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) en
dc.degree.discipline Psychology en
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Martin, Garry (Psychology) Hrycaiko, Dennis (Kinesiology and Recreation Management) en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en
dc.description.note October 2010 en


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