Novel Data Capture and Assessment Technology for Behavior Disorders

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$517,313.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
2R44HD052340-02
Agency Tracking Number:
HD052340
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
EMERGE MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
1423 W. Franklin St, BOISE, ID, 83702
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Y
Woman Owned:
Y
Duns:
182780929
Principal Investigator:
RONALD OBERLEITNER
(208) 629-8778
admin@talkautism.org
Business Contact:
RONALD OBERLEITNER
(888) 355-7161
admin@talkautism.org
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): We will develop and evaluate a tool designed to support the collection of rich data for performing a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) in schools focusing specifically on children with autism. The proposed archiving system will permit educators to record only those data or behaviors judged to be important for later retrieval and review. The "experience buffers" described provide an alternative for recording that allows educators to get critically needed records without the tedious tasks of manually documenting all of the details and without 100% video recording. In phase I, we modified our preliminary system for use in a school environment with the aid of advice from focus groups, identified the potential privacy/legal hurdles, and assessed feasibility in a small pilot study. Each of these specific aims was met. In phase II, we will evaluate the system in a more rigorous manner, applying it to the study of a larger population of children with special needs, engaging 3 centers in the study to demonstrate universality and quantifying outcomes over a period of approximately one year. We will conduct studies to evaluate further the necessary training and background for instructors to use our system appropriately. The commercial potential of our system is high given the large and increasing incidence of children with special needs treated in school environments. Health benefits include capability for caregivers to access behaviors in a real school environment that should lead to improved behavior modification. Cost benefits include reduced time for caregivers to review behaviors of interest. We will develop and evaluate an archiving system to permit educators and caregivers to record only those behaviors judged to be important for later retrieval and review. The "experience buffers" described provide an alternative for presenting behaviors of children with autism in their usual school environment. Health benefits include improved behavior modification based upon capability for accessing behaviors in a real school environment for immediate or later review. Cost benefits include reduced time for caregivers to review behaviors of interest.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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