Feasibility of Implementing Superheroes Social Skills Using Telepresence Robotics (PA080)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
10:00 AM–10:50 AM

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 9: Consultation and Collaboration with Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand key research support for social skills interventions, including Superheroes Social Skills
  2. understand the benefits and limitations of telepresence as a modality of service delivery
  3. discuss the strengths, limitations, and acceptability of telepresence for implementing social skills interventions.


Students with social communication deficits experience reduced academic performance and greater risk of psychopathology (White et al., 2007). When they receive social skills interventions in schools, their outcomes improve (Vaughn et al., 2003). It’s difficult for students to receive social skills interventions because of limited qualified personnel. Contemporary technologies allow practitioners greater opportunities for intervention implementation. This pilot study evaluated the feasibility of implementing social skills groups via telepresence robotics for students in special education.

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Magenta Silberman, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Vanessa Feola, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Aaron J. Fischer, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

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