Category: Technology

Symposium

Symposium 48 - Improving the Dissemination of Evidence-Based Early Interventions Through Technology

Friday, November 17
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Indigo Ballroom B, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Early Intervention | Technology / Mobile Health | Evidence-Based Practice
Presentation Type: Symposium

Evidence-based early interventions have demonstrated efficacy in improving child attachment security and physiological regulation, reducing disruptive behaviors, and promoting sensitive, safe, and appropriate parenting skills. As such, efforts have focused on expanding the reach of these interventions. Often, due to a number of reasons, utilization of services for infants and young children, including those in the child welfare system, is limited. To improve access, technology has been used to reduce barriers to treatment participation (e.g., transportation, childcare, financial concerns), expand the ability to work with trained professionals, including for families who live in hard-to-reach areas, and enable cost-effective means of providing regular supervision and fidelity monitoring. However, despite these benefits, using technology to enhance evidence-based early intervention dissemination efforts is an emerging area of research.


 This symposium adds to this small, but growing literature by addressing how technology has improved access to and delivery of three different evidence-based early interventions: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Playing and Learning Strategies, and Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up. Collectively, researchers disseminating these interventions have targeted outcomes related to parent and child functioning, provider fidelity and adherence, and service use in both urban and rural communities. In this symposium, common barriers to service access will be identified, and several uses of technology to reduce these barriers will be discussed. Such applications of technology include videorecorded session review, videoteleconferencing, and internet-based platforms to deliver interventions and provide regular supervision and fidelity monitoring. Data regarding parent and child outcomes (e.g., supportive parenting behaviors, reduction in child disruptive behaviors), provider fidelity ratings, and service utilization (e.g., treatment retention and satisfaction) from two randomized controlled trials, as well as a city- and state-wide implementation effort, will be presented. Results and future recommendations will provide a detailed and thoughtful discussion of the use of technology in aiding dissemination efforts to improve access to evidence-based early interventions.

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Amanda H. Costello

Clinical Scientist
University of Delaware

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Kathleen M. Baggett

Associate Research Professor
Georgia State University

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    Edward G. Feil

    Senior Research Scientist
    Oregon Research Institute

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    Jonathan S. Comer

    Director of the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Program; Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
    Florida International University

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    Amanda H. Costello

    Clinical Scientist
    University of Delaware

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