Vice President and Co-Founder of Behavior Imaging Supports CCSSO Meeting on Special Education

Co-Founder and Vice President of Clinical & Corporate Affairs Sharon Oberleitner was honored to attend the Council of Chief State School Officers’ annual meeting on student assessments for special education. In 2011, Ms. Oberleitner was nominated for the CCSSO’s prestigious Innovation award on behalf of Behavior Imaging’s unique solution for assessing special needs students on a statewide basis. In her own words, “Using Behavior Imaging for assessments, it is truly an opportunity for all students NOT to be left behind. Evidence of a student’s progress is a click away.”

Meeting with key lead educational figures from around the nation, Ms. Oberleitner was able to provide her expertise in technology, explaining what resources are available for states and schools for these assessments. She continues to advocate for better educational assessment using technology by representing Behavior Imaging.

Pharma Social Behavior Data in Home

The aim of this study is to customize SmartCapture, a mobile device app for caregivers to video capture social scenarios in natural environments, and share them with an expert clinician. We will conduct a feasibility study of using NODA (Natural Observational Diagnostic Assessment) SmartCapture, tailored to specifically measure elements of social behavior, to evaluate its ability to provide an accurate representation of social functioning.

Behavior Imaging Solutions will customize NODA to meet the needs of specific outcome measures of a research study. The system will guide families to capture ‘social situations’, compatible with the goals of the clinical trial targeting social behavior. For this study, one of our research partners, SARRC, will recruit will recruit adolescents with ASD and their caregivers. Participants will be asked to capture on video the adolescent participating in social interactions with parents, siblings or friends. Clinicians will view the videos online and then score the appropriate elements of social behavior. The results of these assessments will be compared results from structured informant based assessments conducted with a caregiver.

Some of the goals are:

  • Provide conclusions regarding the clinical value of having the added smartCapture information.
  • Study reception to technology, ease of use, and what type of video data gets shared via our modified system.
  • Show this ‘social disability’ sample data to related ‘social disability’ researchers, and learn if it is a recommended tool set for future FAST-ASD research.

Some of the broader implications are:

  • Improving the type and clarity of data that can be gathered while studying social scenarios.
  • Facilitating fast and secure transmission of study data.
  • Reducing subjectivity by adding visual evidence data to support existing methods of interview and description.

>> More to Come ….

School Behavior Assessment Study


The goal of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and cost difference in using Behavior Imaging vs. traditional practices for evaluating children with special needs in the classroom, training teachers on interventions, and implementing behavior intervention plans.

Behavior Connect is an online portal that enables health and education professionals to remotely interact with students, specialists and other staff members via video, while building a secure library of shareable video and document assets and a continuous record.

The study will be conducted in collaboration with the Marcus Autism Center in Georgia, and will evaluate the use of the technology for assessment of student problem behavior and for assisting staff development – based on caregiver-captured video of child behavior or staff exercises in the classroom. The study will consist of at least 3-9 teachers and 15 students in at least 2-3 different schools, of which Marcus currently consults, that are furthest away from the Marcus experts. The experts at Marcus will use Behavior Connect 2.0, and a special Behavior Capture App in conjunction with the traditional practices in the assistance of said students and their teachers and gather data based on time spent, dollars spent, progress of each student, and teacher’s and Marcus experts’ evaluation of the product.


P.I. Surveys Special Education Stakeholders in Special Behavior Assessment Workshop

As part of its grant market research activities, PI led a group of education stakeholders (special ed  teachers, services, administrators) to evaluate the uses and importance of Behavior Imaging 2.0, include smartCapture – in their classroom environment. More than 20 educators took part in the evaluation.  Results to be published shortly.


P.I. with Special Educators discussing SmartCapture for Problem Behavior

Behavior Assessment – Using B.I. for ‘Problem Behavior 911′ Service

One of BIS’ current customers, and NIH Research Partner, was featured in Pennsylvania’s newspaper regarding how they’ve been using (Legacy) Behavior Imaging to advise schools to deal more effectively with Problem Behavior.  Using Behavior Imaging for Problem Behavior 911 Service

This current NIH research study will study if smartCapture can make this ’911′ service even better, and can the use of Behavior Imaging 2.0 be generalized to other special education school markets around the country.

The State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards Assessing Special Education Students

Clinical Affairs Vice President Sharon Oberleitner is invited to sit on a multi-disciplinary committee of The State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards Assessing Special Education Students (SCASS ASES) held in San Antonio.

Applied Behavior Analysis Autism conference in Philadelphia, PA

Behavior Imaging Solutions attends annual Applied Behavior Analysis Autism Conference in Philadelphia, PA and supports one of its clinical sites who presented the following research at the poster session: “Creating Efficiencies in Classroom Interventions and Professional Development Using Video Imaging Technology”

Behavior Imaging Research Demonstrating Effectiveness in Autism Classrooms – Atlanta, GA

In this NIH funded pilot study, four teachers with varied experience in teaching children with special needs were randomly assigned to eight students each; and asked to provide Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs) using Assessment View. Results included a 43% reduction in data collection errors.

Behavior Imaging for Alternate Assessment

On June 8, 2010, as part of an international health technology forum held at Boise State University (Boise, ID), Carol Scholz, M.Ed., the Director of Alternate Assessment in the Idaho State Department of Education and the 2008 Idaho Teacher of the Year, discussed the state’s ambitious and nation-leading technology initiative to use Behavior Imaging® to securely collect student progress data from around the state.

NIH Study Shows Educators Favor New Behavior Imaging Technology for Understanding and Managing Autism in the Classroom

Contact: Brian C. Cronin
Phone: 208.439.8493

(BOISE) – In a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), educators overwhelmingly embraced Behavior Imaging technology as a means of more effectively treating children with autism. The study’s results are being published at a time when nearly every state in the nation is being forced to cut school budgets and is seeking innovative and cost-effective ways to deliver services to students with special needs.

Dr. Uwe Reischl, M.D., Ph.D, of Boise State University coordinated the study, which examined not only the efficacy of B.I. Capture (a Behavior Imaging tool that captures and stores behavioral events via remote control video) in treating students with autism, but also the ease with which teachers and behavior specialists were able to utilize the technology.

“We are finding that autism educators are far more receptive to using Behavior Imaging than we had originally expected,” noted Reischl. “This is especially so for participants who not only want to use it for behavior analysis but who also see it as a useful tool for assessing student skills, giving or receiving consultation, and training students and staff.”

Behavior Imaging is the video capture and secure sharing of behavior in a natural environment for treatment, training, assessment, and other clinical purposes. Initially developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology, the system captures, on video, a child’s behavioral episodes in educational, clinical, and home environments. Behavioral data that is captured is then used to characterize recognized aspects of behavior to assist in the diagnosis, treatment, and research of autism. With video that can be viewed, annotated, and stored online, behavioral experts can guide students’ progress from anywhere in the world.

Of the participating educators, 74 percent agreed that B.I. saved time and money by enabling them to easily capture on video what preceded a student’s inappropriate behavior (the antecedent, in clinical terms). This critical data can then be used to develop an appropriate behavior program. The majority of the participants reported that they will be able to serve more students than before. With respect to ease of use, 100 pecent of the participants indicated that they did not require any additional training above and beyond what was provided when the technology was first installed.

An earlier phase of the study demonstrated that the technology enabled a 43 percent reduction in errors when collecting data for a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) program. Now, in addition to more effective clinical diagnoses and treatment, B.I. also can be used to save qualified practitioners time and money by obviating the need to only observe autistic behavior in person.

Application of this technology to staff training, student assessment, and supervision of students by their parents was reported as providing a significant benefit. “This would be tremendously helpful to our organization because we have 16 locations around the world, and training and mentorship from central locations to the remote sites would be greatly enhanced with these capabilities”, according to one participant. Other participants commented that Behavior Imaging would address a critical need in rural schools, which often lack resident specialists.

Dr. Matthew Goodwin, Director of Clinical Research at the MIT Media Lab and Associate Director of Research at The Groden Center in Providence, RI noted, “Easily gathering, sharing, and reviewing a child’s clinically meaningful behavior with B.I. Capture could revolutionize how parents, educators, and behavior analysts collectively understand and support children with autism and related developmental disabilities.”

Who is Dr. Uwe Reischl?

Dr. Reischl, M.D., Ph.D., has more than 25 years of experience in applied research and program management. He has served as a science advisor to the World Health Organization in Geneva, Director of the Center for Health Policy at Boise State University, and as a Clinical Advisor to the AutismCares Coalition for the evaluation of emergency relief efforts for Katrina-affected autism families. He is the former CEO of UTEK Corp., a publicly-traded innovation, technology transfer, and IP firm, and is a professor at the College of Health Sciences at Boise State University.

How was the study conducted?

The National Institutes of Health funded TalkAutism LLC of Boise, Idaho to assess how B.I. Capture, a Behavior Imaging tool, can help educators and caregivers record relevant behaviors on video for subsequent retrieval, review, and annotation. The study involved 29 people from 11 clinical sites with a beta version of B.I. Capture. The participants were given access to the technology for one month and were given eight structured exercises to complete involving B.I. Capture usage. Each exercise was followed up with a questionnaire. After completion, each participant was given an exit questionnaire to determine overall satisfaction and perceptions of the B.I. Capture technology.

What is B.I. Capture?

B.I. Capture™ is a special Behavior Imaging™ tool capable of capturing and storing behavioral health events on video via remote control. Software allows users to document relevant events before, during, and after a behavior and share the behavior images with professionals remotely. The technology was developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology and is being developed and marketed by Caring Technologies/TalkAutism (Boise, ID). More information is available at


In this photo: Special Education teacher with students in classroom. Behavior Imaging camera sits on top of computer monitor and can be activated at any time by the teacher to record problematic behaviors.