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This paper describes a case study of a developmental program evaluation on the Autism Community Toolkit, a collaborative skills training program for parents and school professionals. The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of the training on participants’ knowledge, competence and perceived collaboration; and potential improvements to the training program.Design/methodology/approachThe program included multiple training sessions for families and school professionals, designed to educate participants on autism, evidence-based interventions and to increase home-school communication and collaboration. Data collection methods included pre- and post-measures and feedback forms.FindingsResults indicated that the training program was beneficial for participants overall. Pre- and posttest measures indicated growth in knowledge and competency in autism interventions. While there were no statistically significant differences in the quantitative measure of collaboration, qualitative results suggest that participants reported increased collaboration posttraining.Practical implicationsOverall, the training program was effective, and the ongoing implementation assessment was conducive to continuous improvement. The authors also discuss difficulties with implementation and recommendations for future intervention implementation.Originality/valueThis case study provides practical information about creating, evaluating and improving a unique intervention designed to support school–home collaboration.
Advances in Autism – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 7, 2023
Keywords: Home–school collaboration; Parent training; Case study; Autism; Teacher training; Evidence-based interventions; Interventions
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