This doctoral project aims to assess the relationship between physiological stress and repetitive behavior in non-verbal children with ASD. More specifically, this thesis aims to answer the following questions: (a) Is there a link between repetitive behavior and stress, as measured by salivary cortisol and heart rate in non-verbal children with ASD? And (b) what is the effect of decreasing repetitive behavior on the stress of these children?
Consortium national de recherche sur l’intégration sociale (CNRIS) 2016-2018.
The proposed study aims to develop and evaluate the effects of an ICT web-based app designed to train parents of children with ASD to reduce challenging behavior. Specifically, the objectives of the research project are to assess whether the use of the web-based app by parents (a) leads to the identification of a plausible function and the selection of a treatment consistent with this function, (b) is socially acceptable and easy to use, (c) reduces engagement in challenging behaviors in family settings, (d) increases the correct implementation of behavioral interventions to reduce challenging behaviors.
The purpose of this research project is to evaluate the effects of iSTIM, a mobile application designed and developed by the research team to assist parents in reducing stereotypy in children with autism spectrum disorders. Specifically, the objectives of the project are to assess whether iSTIM (a) accurately estimates the frequency and/or duration of stereotypy, (b) offers suggestions consistent with recommended clinical practices, (c) effectively reduces engagement in stereotypy, and (d) is socially acceptable, safe, and easy to use.
Financed by CRSH Institutionnel-Université de Sherbrooke
This project aims to: a) assess the fidelity of implementation of the PTR model in a specialized school environment; b) establish the effects of the PTR model on problem behaviors, positive social behaviors and school engagement for students with ASD in a specialized school context; c) establish whether children’s behavioral gains are maintained at follow-up (3 months later); and (d) explore the potential effects of decreased problem behaviors on teachers’ sense of personal competence and feelings of burnout.
This project aims to evaluate the implementation of a universal intervention program targeting the organization of physical, social, educational, biomedical and logistic supports, which are necessary in order to improve of quality of life through reduction of problem behavior in children under the age of five, living in a context of adversity. This project is carried out in collaboration with Boscoville, a non-profit organization, which implements prevention and intervention strategies adapted to the challenges faced by children and young people in their different environments.
The purpose of this project is to evaluate the effect of self-instruction on learning of data entry and the combined effect of differential reinforcement of high rates of behavior (DRH) with self-instruction on the productivity of data entry. Specifically, the goals are to assess whether (a) self-instruction is an effective teaching technique for a complex ability (data entry) for adults with ID and (b) if the implementation of DRH makes it possible to increase productivity at a socially significant level.
Our project evaluates the impact of employment integration support services implemented by the organization Action main-d’oeuvre for people with ASD without intellectual disability. We will describe the clinical and social characteristics of the clients of Action main-d’oeuvre, the characteristics of the employers who hire them, and the nature of the organization’s services. We will attempt to understand the relationship between client and program characteristics and the time required to find a job, as well as the relationship between client, employer and program characteristics and the length of stay in employment. We will also study the process of integrating a new employee with ASD into a company when receiving Action main-d’oeuvre services, through case studies, particularly with respect to the manager’s experience in hiring, training and supervising the new employee.
This research project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a behavioral intervention taught through online interactive training in order to reduce problematic bedtime behaviors in children with ASD. More specifically, the objectives of the project are to a) evaluate whether an interactive computer-based training followed by parents improves their practices related to their child’s difficulties in falling asleep and b) assess whether a gradual extinction intervention implemented by the parents improves the sleep of the child.