Learn a Motivation-Based Early Autism Intervention from an App on your Phone
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- PRT SMARTPHONE APP PROJECT – KOEGEL AUTISM CENTER: Learn a Motivation-Based Early Autism Intervention from an App on your Phone The UCSB Autism Center is now recruiting families to participate in a research study that evaluates the use of a smartphone app to teach caregivers an early social communication intervention for children diagnosed with autism (1 – 4 1/2 years). What is involved? The project focuses on evaluating an app-based program to train parents in a play-based autism intervention known as Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT). PRT focuses on harnessing your child’s motivation and interests to develop their language and communication. The Pivotal App is intended to teach you how to use PRT through 8 weekly modules that you can complete at home. You will be asked to record and review weekly videos practicing these intervention strategies with your child in order to learn the strategies and track your progress over time. You will also complete online survey measures about you and your child before and after the program. Families that qualify and participate in the study will be compensated up to $90 for their participation. Who can participate? Participating families must have a child who: Is between the ages of 1 – 4.5 years Has an existing diagnosis of autism Has a significant language delay (i.e is nonverbal or primarly uses single words to communicate) Has no significant co-occurring medical conditions Is learning English as their primary language Parents must: Live in the United States Have regular access to an iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch) with iOS version 13.0 or higher (check your version under Settings > General > About) Have internet access Not have received prior professional training in PRT or a similar intervention Why PRT? PRT is a play-based, well-researched treatment that uses motivational strategies to increase your child's language skills and social engagement. PRT can be learned by parents and implemented during natural daily routines at home and in the community.