Dissemination of evidence-based practice: Can we train therapists from a distance?

Laurie A. Vismara, Gregory S. Young, Aubyn Stahmer, Elizabeth McMahon Griffith, Sally J Rogers

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Although knowledge about the efficacy of behavioral interventions for children with ASD is increasing, studies of effectiveness and transportability to community settings are needed. The current study conducted an effectiveness trial to compare distance learning vs. live instruction for training community-based therapists to implement the Early Start Denver Model. Findings revealed: (a) distance learning and live instruction were equally effective for teaching therapists to both implement the model and to train parents; (b) didactic workshops and team supervision were required to improve therapists' skill use; (c) significant child gains occurred over time and across teaching modalities; and (d) parents implemented the model more skillfully after coaching. Implications are discussed in relation to the economic and clinical utility of distance learning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1636-1651
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Dissemination learning
  • Early intervention
  • Effectiveness trial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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