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Title

Implementation Planning to Promote Parents' Treatment Integrity of Behavioral Interventions for Children with Autism

Publication Date

2016

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Behavioral interventions delivered across home and school settings can promote positive outcomes for youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Yet, stakeholders who deliver these interventions may struggle to implement interventions as intended. Low levels of treatment integrity can undermine potentially positive intervention outcomes. One way to promote implementers' treatment integrity is Implementation Planning, a logistical planning and barrier reduction strategy that is supported by emerging school-based research. The current study extended the research on Implementation Planning and evaluated the effectiveness of the strategy with parents implementing a behavioral intervention at home within a Conjoint Behavioral Consultation model. The behavioral intervention aimed to increase compliance and decrease aggression for two children with ASD at home. Initially, parents struggled to deliver the intervention consistently; however, after Implementation Planning, parents' treatment integrity increased and, subsequently, child outcomes improved. Implications for future research and consultation are presented.

Original Citation

Fallon, L.M., Collier-Meek, M.A., Sanetti, L.M.H., Feinberg, A.B., & Kratochwill, T.R. (2016). Implementation Planning to Promote Parents' Treatment Integrity of Behavioral Interventions for Children with Autism. Journal of Educational & Psychological Consultation 26(1), 87-109. doi: 10.1080/10474412.2015.1039124.