Research Announcement: Ecological Learning Assessment and PRT

Ecological Learning Assessment and PRT with Children with ASD

A new study is being initiated at Felician University to assess the utility of an Ecological Learning Assessment (ELA) approach to develop individualized programs based on Pivotal Response Teaching. This study will systematically implement an ELA for children ranging in age from 3 to 12 years who are diagnosed with ASD or who show core characteristics of ASD. This investigation will build upon lines of previous research and clinical efforts by Felician faculty of defining and targeting pivotal skills pertaining to attention.

The children will participate in the ELA assessment that will involve 2 to 3 visits. Then each child will participate in an intervention twice per week for approximately 20 visits. As a parent, you will also participate in the program and receive direct training in the PRT methodology. All sessions will occur at Felician University. These sessions will involve the implementation of PRT with preferred activities to help motivate the child.

Your child’s participation is completely voluntary. If you decide not to have your child participate your decision will not impact your child’s participation in other future activities offered at Felician University. Due to all of the procedural safeguards that are in place for this study and the nature of the program is recognized as part of an Evidence Based Practices, there are minimal risks to any participants involved.

There are no financial obligations involved with this study nor is there is financial compensation offered for your child’s participation in this study. The student’s participation, records, and data will be kept confidential and secure in a locked file cabinet throughout this study and for five years after the study is completed. After five years, the documents will be shredded. If you are not interested but would like more information on this topic, please contact us. For more information regarding participating in this research, please contact me.