Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 637–647

DTkid: Interactive Simulation Software for Training Tutors of Children with Autism

  • Tom Randell
  • Martin Hall
  • Lewis Bizo
  • Bob Remington
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10803-006-0193-z

Cite this article as:
Randell, T., Hall, M., Bizo, L. et al. J Autism Dev Disord (2007) 37: 637. doi:10.1007/s10803-006-0193-z

Abstract

Discrete-trial training (DTT) relies critically on implementation by trained tutors. We report three experiments carried out in the development of “DTkid”—interactive computer simulation software that presents “SIMon”, a realistic virtual child with whom novice tutors can learn and practise DTT techniques. Experiments 1 and 2 exposed groups of participants either to DTkid training or to a control task. Participants in the former groups demonstrated significantly greater procedural and declarative knowledge of DTT. Experiment 3 confirmed this finding, further demonstrating that observation of DTkid training trials alone was sufficient to enhance participants’ declarative and procedural knowledge of DTT. Results indicate that DTkid offers the potential for an effective means of teaching DTT skills to novice tutors of children with autism.

Keywords

AutismEarly intensive behavioral interventionDiscrete-trial trainingTutorsInteractive computer simulation software

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom Randell
    • 1
  • Martin Hall
    • 1
  • Lewis Bizo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bob Remington
    • 1
  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of SouthamptonHighfield, SouthamptonUK
  2. 2.School of PsychologySouthern Cross UniversityCoffs HarbourAustralia