TOBY play-pad application to teach children with ASD - A pilot trial

Dennis William Moore, Svetha Venkatesh, Angelika Anderson, Stewart Greenhill, Dinh Phung, Thi Duong, Darin Cairns, Wendy Marshall, Andrew Joseph Orgar Whitehouse

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Purpose: To investigate use patterns and learning outcomes associated with the use of Therapy Outcomes By You (TOBY) Playpad, an early intervention iPad application. Methods: Participants were 33 families with a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) aged 16 years or less, and with a diagnosis of autism or pervasive developmental disorder - not otherwise specified, and no secondary diagnoses. Families were provided with TOBY and asked to use it for 4-6 weeks, without further prompting or coaching. Dependent variables included participant use patterns and initial indicators of child progress. Results: Twenty-three participants engaged extensively with TOBY, being exposed to at least 100 complete learn units and completing between 17 and 100 of the curriculum. Conclusions: TOBY may make a useful contribution to early intervention programming for children with ASD delivering high rates of appropriate learning opportunities. Further research evaluating the efficacy of TOBY in relation to independent indicators of functioning is warranted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213 - 217
Number of pages5
JournalDevelopmental Neurorehabilitation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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