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Interactive online training to parents to support the communication of children with complex communication needs

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Communication interventions targeted to parents can be beneficial in supporting the communication development of children with complex communication needs (CCN). This session will present the results from a single-subject multiple baseline probe study that was conducted to determine the effect of online communication training with four parents of young children with CCN (ages 3-4). The training included interactive online modules that took parents approximately 2 hours to complete and included video models, questions to assess their understanding, and application activities, as well as opportunities to implement the strategy, ask questions about the strategy, and reflect on strategy use. Results indicated that after training, parents increased the number of communication opportunities provided to their children. Additionally, after parents completed training children increased the number of communication turns taken, and parents increased the number of responses made to child communication. Parent evaluations of the training indicated that parents found the training beneficial and would recommend it to others. Results from this study indicate the online parent communication training is beneficial in improving the communication supports of parents, as well as the communication of children with CCN.

Author(s):

Sarah Douglas    
Michigan State University
United States

Erica Nordquist    
Michigan State University
United States

Rebecca Kammes    
Michigan State University
United States

 

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