Brief Report: Remotely Delivered Video Modeling for Improving Oral Hygiene in Children with ASD: A Pilot Study
Ben Popple, Carla Wall, Lilli Flink, Kelly Powell, Keri Discepolo, Douglas Keck, Marilena Mademtzi, Fred Volkmar, Frederick Shic
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders Volume 46, Number 8, ISSN 0162-3257
Children with autism have heightened risk of developing oral health problems. Interventions targeting at-home oral hygiene habits may be the most effective means of improving oral hygiene outcomes in this population. This randomized control trial examined the effectiveness of a 3-week video-modeling brushing intervention delivered to patients over the internet. Eighteen children with autism were assigned to an Intervention or Control video condition. Links to videos were delivered via email twice daily. Blind clinical examiners provided plaque index ratings at baseline, midpoint, and endpoint. Results show oral hygiene improvements in both groups, with larger effect sizes in the Intervention condition. The findings provide preliminary support for the use of internet-based interventions to improve oral hygiene for children with autism.
Popple, B., Wall, C., Flink, L., Powell, K., Discepolo, K., Keck, D., Mademtzi, M., Volkmar, F. & Shic, F. (2016). Brief Report: Remotely Delivered Video Modeling for Improving Oral Hygiene in Children with ASD: A Pilot Study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(8), 2791-2796.