Appropriateness of the TOBY Application, an iPad Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Thematic Approach

Dave Parsons*, Nathan J. Wilson, Sharmila Vaz, Hoe Lee, Reinie Cordier

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Abstract

This study aimed to explore the appropriateness of an ICT intervention, the Therapeutic Outcomes by You application (TOBY app), from the perspectives of the parents. Parental experiences of twenty-four parents of a child with ASD who had participated in a three-month trial using the TOBY app were collected using semi-structured interviews. Thematic analysis was conducted and themes were mapped against an appropriateness framework. Collectively, parents felt the TOBY app was relevant and important to them and their children’s needs, while expressing partial support of the TOBY app as: a positive experience for them and their children, beneficial for them and their children, a socially and ecological valid intervention, and an intervention that supported change and continuation in the skills learnt.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4053-4066
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume49
Issue number10
Early online date9 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes

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