An Evaluation of Real-Time Feedback Delivered Via Telehealth: Training Staff to Conduct Preference Assessments

  • Janelle A. AusenhusEmail author
  • William J. Higgins
Brief Practice


Effective, efficient, and accessible staff-training procedures are needed to meet the service-delivery demand for treating individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The present study evaluated the effectiveness of delivering real-time feedback via telehealth to train staff to conduct a preference assessment. A nonconcurrent multiple-baseline across-participants design showed that remote real-time feedback was associated with short training time and minimal sessions to achieve mastery. Generalization and maintenance probes indicated these skills were transferable to other preference assessment stimuli and learners.


Real-time feedback Telehealth Staff training Preference assessments 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

This manuscript has not been previously published and will not be submitted elsewhere during the review.

Conflict of Interest

The authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in this study 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.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in this study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Behavior AnalysisDrake UniversityDes MoinesUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Nebraska Medical Center, Munroe-Meyer InstituteOmahaUSA

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