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Behavioral Technology for Instructional Readiness

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R42HD039999-02
Agency Tracking Number: HD039999
Amount: $0.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 2003
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
13 WEST ST 13 WEST ST
Belmont, MA 02478
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 WILLIAM DUBE
 (784) 642-0277
 WILLIAM.DUBE@UMASSMED.EDU
Business Contact
 CHARLES HAMAD
Phone: (781) 893-9436
Email: PRAXIS2@AOL.COM
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): This application seeks support for an STTR Phase II project to complete development of a computer-based product intended for teaching children with moderate to severe mental retardation, autism, and other intellectual disabilities. The product is primarily targeted to those students who lack the behavioral prerequisites to participate in computer-assisted instruction In the Phase-I project period, we successfully adapted well-developed and extensively researched behavioral methods for use by parents, teachers, and other helping professionals. These methods include procedures for identifying and evaluating potential positive reinforcers, establishing consequences for use during instruction, verifying that consequences are in fact effective as positive reinforcement, shaping appropriate responses (e g, pointing to indicate a selection), and teaching basic visual discrimination skills. Phase-I field test results showed that the software prototype could be used effectively in typical teaching situations. While the proposed product will be ideally suited to prepare students for computer-based instruction, its components will be useful separately or in combination to help prepare children with severe mental retardation for other forms of instruction with similar behavioral prerequisites. Examples include "discrete-trial" methods, augmentative/alternative communication training, and virtually any instructional situation that requires attention to visual teaching materials, clear and unambiguous selection responses, and effective feedback.

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