Virtual Autism Treatment

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D

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Megan Reuther, of, recently reported on an autism treatment program that provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services through the Internet to rural communities.

An Iowa-based program, known as Virtual Parent Training (VPT), connects behavior analysts with parents to provide services via webcam and blue-tooth technologies.  Parents provide direct care, including measuring and graphing behavioral progress, with real-time guidance from behavior analysts.

The VPT program is a pilot program provided by The Homestead across rural Iowa.  Dan Budd, Homestead Admissions Director, touted the program as a way for families to receive ABA services who might not have any other means available.

Megan noted that the VPT program is funded through Medicaid, state funds, and a Facebook grant which funded the technology.

To read more about the program, check out Megan’s full article as well as The Homestead.

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Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D is President of bSci21 Media, LLC, which owns and  Todd serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and as an editorial board member for Behavior and Social Issues.  He has worked as a behavior analyst in day centers, residential providers, homes, and schools, and served as the director of Behavior Analysis Online at the University of North Texas.  Todd’s areas of expertise include writing, entrepreneurship, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Instructional Design, Organizational Behavior Management, and ABA therapy. Todd can be reached at [email protected].

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