This study aimed to explore the appropriateness of an ICT intervention, the Therapeutic Outcomes by You application (TOBY app), from the perspectives of the parents. Parental experiences of twenty-four parents of a child with ASD who had participated in a three-month trial using the TOBY app were collected using semi-structured interviews. Thematic analysis was conducted and themes were mapped against an appropriateness framework. Collectively, parents felt the TOBY app was relevant and important to them and their children’s needs, while expressing partial support of the TOBY app as: a positive experience for them and their children, beneficial for them and their children, a socially and ecological valid intervention, and an intervention that supported change and continuation in the skills learnt.
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The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the Lishman Health Foundation for funding this research project.
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The application described in this paper is available online through the Apple iTunes store. The authors (and funders) have no affiliation with the application or its developers and will not receive, or have previously received, any royalties from sales. The authors declare no other conflicts of interest.
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Parsons, D., Wilson, N.J., Vaz, S. et al. Appropriateness of the TOBY Application, an iPad Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Thematic Approach. J Autism Dev Disord 49, 4053–4066 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04115-9
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