CARD eLearning: An opportunity for Caregivers of Children with Autism



The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) has developed and launched CARD eLearning, a web-based program that provides in-depth training on the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis (ABA). CARD eLearning is made up of nine training modules which take approximately 40 hours to complete. The training is video-based and has online features including note taking, quizzes, a final exam, and a certification of completion. CARD eLearning is self-guided, so users can set their own pace for completing the training. Additionally, because the program is web-based, users can access eLearning anytime, anywhere at their convenience.

Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh and other CARD research and development staff have conducted preliminary research on CARD eLearning that suggested it may be an effective tool for training behavioral therapists. The study evaluated the effectiveness of eLearning as compared to traditional lecture-style instruction in training newly hired therapists. Knowledge of ABA significantly increased for both groups, with the traditional training group scoring slightly higher than the eLearning group.

Currently, CARD researchers are conducting a further study to evaluate the effectiveness of eLearning in training caregivers of children with autism. All participants are given free access to CARD eLearning. Participants are still being recruited for this study, so all caregivers of children with autism interested in eLearning are encouraged to contact Jina Jang at (818) 345-2345 extension 321, or j.jang@centerforautism.com.

The following quote is a testimonial from one participant who recently completed CARD eLearning:

“Over the past year or so, I have taken a couple 2-4 hour ABA classes, but none even came close to giving me the all inclusive ‘picture’ of the ABA method that your online classes provided.”

References

Granpeesheh, D., Tarbox, J., Dixon, D. R., Peters, C. A., Thompson, K., & Kenzer, A. (2009). Evaluation of an eLearning tool for training behavioral therapists in academic knowledge of applied behavior analysis. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 4, 11-17.

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