Empowering rural families

K-CART researchers are testing a training program for parents of children with autism with a demographic often disenfranchised from intervention services: parents in rural and remote regions.  

Linda Heitzman-Powell is directing a project that is testing the effectiveness of a training system for parents using telemedicine techniques, specifically, video conferencing and some face-to-face sessions. Using the OASIS (Online and Applied System for Intervention Skills) training program, researchers are showing parents how to improve their child’s language and social skills. OASIS was developed with the support of an earlier grant in collaboration with parents of children with autism.

Heitzman-Powell, co-principal investigator Jay Buzhardt and colleagues plan to distribute the training curriculum as an evidence-based educational and training curriculum in the form of a printed manual for other researchers and trainees.

The project is funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

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