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Research Opportunity: Seattle, Washington

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

I am posting this opportunity on behalf of a doctoral student, Amy Gallagher, at Argosy University, please contact her directly with any questions: 

I am a Clinical Psychology Doctoral student (Psy.D.) at Argosy University in Seattle, WA conducting research in order to understand the experiences that parents have when they use computer technology with their autistic children.

I am conducting interviews with parents of autistic children (aged six to twelve) who have used computer technology with their children over a period of at least six months. The study will require your attendance for one audio taped interview lasting about 1 ½ to 2 hours. During the interview, you will be asked about your experiences using computer technology with your autistic child. The interview will take place in a convenient, confidential location such as a local library or university study room. There is no compensation for participation.

In order to qualify for the study, you must be a parent of an autistic child (aged six to twelve) who has used computer technology/software with your child for at least six months. Also, you must reside in the Seattle/Puget Sound area of Washington State.

If you are interested in participating, or would like further information, please contact me, Amy Gallagher, at amya365@aol.com or 607-329-7403 (cell phone). This study has been approved by the Argosy University-Seattle Institutional Review Board at Argosy University-Seattle, 2601-A Elliott Ave; Seattle, WA 98121.   

How to Select an ABA Service Provider

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

000_51_Clark_reading.pngIf you are struggling with finding a quality service provider for your child, or if you are wondering if the ABA services you are receiving are appropriate, the ABA Autism Special Interest Group, with funding from the New Jersey Center for Outreach & Services for the Autism Community, have provided a set of guidelines that are extremely valuable:

ABAAutismSIG Gdlns 2007.pdf

In this document, they provide consumers with information about board certification for ABA providers and wha100_0152.JPGt other qualities to look for to increase the chances of receiving the quality services that your child deserves.  They note that certification is NECESSARY, but not SUFFICIENT for selecting a qualified professional.  In other words, someone who provides ABA services and who is not certified should be questioned regarding their education and ability to provide services.  However, just having that is not enough, you should look at the applicant’s experience with autism, and with the age group and functioning level of your child. 

This document was put together with a lot of expertise and thoughtfulness, I hope you find it helpful!

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