DOI

10.17077/etd.jfxm3ceh

Document Type

Dissertation

Date of Degree

Spring 2016

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

Psychological and Quantitative Foundations

First Advisor

Kathryn Gerken

Second Advisor

Wendy K. Berg

First Committee Member

David P. Wacker

Second Committee Member

Scott D. Lindgren

Third Committee Member

Stewart W. Ehly

Abstract

The current study evaluated the effectiveness of delivering behavioral assessment and treatment to reduce challenging behavior shown by Korean children with ASD by using in-home telehealth from the U.S. The participants were five young children diagnosed with autism who lived in Korea and displayed challenging behavior. The children’s mothers, who had no previous experience in functional analysis (FA) and functional communication training (FCT) procedures, implemented all procedures with coaching provided by a behavior consultant during assessment and treatment sessions via telehealth. The results of the current study showed that functional analyses conducted via telehealth from the U.S. to the children’s homes in Korea were effective in identifying the function of challenging behavior for each participant. Furthermore, the results also showed that challenging behavior was reduced by 100% across all children by the end of treatment. These results suggest that telehealth can be an effective and efficient way to deliver behavior analytic services for underserved populations in countries like Korea.

Keywords

ASD, Functional Analysis, Functional Communication Training, Telehealth

Pages

xi, 128 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 113-126).

Copyright

Copyright © 2016 Gunsung Lee

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