Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 66–77 | Cite as

An Evaluation of a Mobile Application Designed to Teach Receptive Language Skills to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Marlena N. Novack
  • Esther Hong
  • Dennis R. DixonEmail author
  • Doreen Granpeesheh
Research Article


The current study evaluated the effectiveness of a mobile application, Camp Discovery, designed to teach receptive language skills to children with autism spectrum disorder based on the principles of applied behavior analysis. Participants (N = 28) were randomly assigned to an immediate-treatment or a delayed-treatment control group. The treatment group made significant gains, p < .001, M = 58.1, SE = 7.54, following 4 weeks of interaction with the application as compared to the control group, M = 8.4, SE = 2.13. Secondary analyses revealed significant gains in the control group after using the application and maintenance of acquired skills in the treatment group after application usage was discontinued. Findings suggest that the application effectively teaches the targeted skills.


Autism spectrum disorder Applied behavior analysis Computer-based intervention Mobile application Technology 



We thank Claire Burns, Jasper Estabillo, Jina Jang, Kathryn Marucut, Lauren Whitlock, and Nicholas Marks for their assistance collecting data for this study.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors work at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, the developer of Camp Discovery.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Autism and Related DisordersCaliforniaUSA

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