Why Autism Educators Need To Embrace Electronic Data Collection

No matter the industry you’re in, electronic data can help lead to more accurate results.

Let’s look at a quick example, a blast from the past if you will. Who remembers filling out line plots in math class back in the day?

Nothing was more frustrating than doing all your calculations and marking all your points, only to find out you did not create the graph as intended. If only back, then we had some technological tool that could pull data, generate charts, and perform an accurate analysis’…

In today’s day and age, the Autism Education Industry is lacking in its adoption of data collection and analysis, by teachers, parents, and BCBA’s/Clinical Directors.


With all the technology available to us, it is time for the Autism industry to embrace electronic data collection. I believe Thread Learning may lead the way for this movement. Why Autism Educators Need To Embrace Electronic Data Collection  #autism #aba #autismparenting #specialneeds #asd

Much of the industry is paper-based, which has led to various disadvantages including but not limited to inconsistency/inaccuracy of data, openness to human error, slow turnarounds, and difficult accessibility. So, what is the industry supposed to do?


Why Autism Educators Need To Embrace Electronic Data Collection

Well, that is when I ran into Thread Learning. Thread started at Cornell Tech a few years ago and they focus on the electronic data collection. I got in touch with the team over at Thread to learn more about their product and I wanted to summarize them below:


Gain insight into your child’s progress

Imagine if you had the ability to see your child’s progress with the click of a button and an internet connection. With Thread Learning, parents can log on to their account anytime, anywhere, and get real-time data.

Before Thread, if parents wanted any updates they’d need to schedule a meeting or call with their child’s teachers, therapists, and administrative officers. Even then, parents receive a lot of information and difficult data to interpret.

This software makes it easy for parents to gather updates, charts, and reports. They can determine if their child is making progress or not and can address any red flags.

Ensure all involved parties are coordinating care

Paper-based data collection, only one person can analyze a data set, and messages can become inconsistent and get lost in translation.

In a tech-based system, all stakeholders can view the same information and collaboratively coordinate all levels of care. In this model, no unnecessary work is completed, time is optimized, and every individual knows what everyone else is working on.


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Full transparency of rendered services

Electronic data collection allows for full-transparency in regard to autism care services. Parents see what’s being worked on, what’s working/isn’t, and you’ll know exactly what you’re paying for, which is particularly important if your child is receiving in-home, private care.

Keep your information secure

With all the data breaches publicized in the media recently, I can definitely understand speculation about having these types of data accessible online.

Thread Learning takes this concern very seriously. User data is always secure, nothing is shared without your consent, and they are HIPPA compliant,

Embrace Electronic Data Collection

I know managing your kids’ education can be hard, and parents already have enough on their plates. Thread Learning’s online data collection, analysis, and collaboration tool is committed to making everyone’s lives easier, and ensuring your child’s care is fully coordinated!

Does your school use electronic data collection? If so, I’d love to hear your feedback what platform you are using.

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Alicia Trautwein is an autism parenting coach living in Missouri. She is the creator behind The Mom Kind, a website dedicated to parenting neurodiverse families.  She is one of the head creators behind the #WeLoeveMoms campaign and is also featured in the "Amazing Moms" coffee table book by Hogan Hilling & Dr. Elise Ho.  She shares her expertise along with her experience in parenting children, both with and without autism.

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