The use of behavioral skills training to improve staff performance of discrete trial training
Well-trained staff are a prerequisite for successful implementation of treatment plans when working in human service contexts. The high rate of turnover makes the use of efficient and effective staff training all the more important. Previous research has used behavioral skills training to train teachers in correct implementation of discrete trial training of children with autism. They showed that a brief 10-min procedure could effectively train staff and result in improved performance. The current study elaborated on previous work by using participants without prior exposure to the method, including treatment integrity data and testing for maintenance 1 month after training ended. The mean percentage of correct teaching responses for the three participants increased from 70%, 58%, and 66% during baseline to 97%, 96%, and 99%, respectively, following training. Results indicated that the training package was effective and the results were maintained 30 days later.
autism, behavioral skills training, discrete trial training, staff training
Clayton, Michael, and Ali Headley. "The use of behavioral skills training to improve staff performance of discrete trial training." Behavioral Interventions 34, no. 1 (2019): 136-143.