Trumpet Leader Headed to International Conference for Autism
Executive Clinical Director a Designated Presenter at the 2014 Event
Dr. LeBlanc, Executive Director of Research and Clinical Services at Trumpet Behavioral Health, will present at the conference in Antalya, Turkey.
Provided below is an abstract of Dr. LeBlanc’s presentation “Incorporating Technology into Interventions and Staff Training for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders” which will highlight technological advancements and their incorporation into behavioral interventions for individuals with autism. Trumpet Behavioral Health is proud of the many advancements made within our organization based on Dr. LeBlanc’s development and utilization of technological advancements.
Included in Trumpet’s technological development and implementation are programs such as Journal Club, Online Clinical Standards, Requests for Research Literature, Research Projects, Ethics Network, and more.
Abstract: Technological advances have been successfully incorporated into behavioral interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders for over two decades in the form of video modeling, automated or remote-activated prompting systems, and personal digital assistants (PDAs). New technologies (e.g., Bluetooth, virtual reality platforms) offer great options for teaching community skills that might otherwise be cumbersome or unsafe with traditional lower-tech methods. These interventions can be most powerful when basic behavioral principles are incorporated into their design and implementation rather than simply substituting technology for human efforts. Technology has also been successfully incorporated into staff training procedures to teach behavioral interventions. This presentation will describe several important unanswered research questions about the efficacy, cost-effectiveness, and optimal parameters for implementing technology-based solutions. This presentation will also suggest a series of four important questions that should be considered when determining whether or not to adopt a new technology in behavioral intervention with individuals with autism spectrum disorders or in staff training efforts.