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A Randomised Group Comparison Controlled Trial of "Preschoolers with Autism": A Parent Education and Skills Training Intervention for Young Children with Autistic Disorder

Bruce Tonge, Avril Brereton, Melissa Kiomall, Andrew Mackinnon, Nicole J. Rinehart,

Academic Literature

2014

Aim: To determine the effect of parent education on adaptive behaviour, autism symptoms and cognitive/language skills of young children with autistic disorder. Method: A randomised group comparison design involving a parent education and counselling intervention and a parent education and behaviour management intervention to control for parent skills training and a control sample. Two rural and two metropolitan regions were randomly allocated to intervention groups ("n" = 70) or control ("n" = 35). Parents from autism assessment services in the intervention regions were randomly allocated to parent education and behaviour management ("n" = 35) or parent education and counselling ("n" = 35). Results: Parent education and behaviour management resulted in significant improvement in adaptive behaviour and autism symptoms at 6 months follow-up for children with greater delays in adaptive behaviour. Parent education and behaviour management was superior to parent education and counselling. We conclude that a 20-week parent education programme including skills training for parents of young children with autistic disorder provides significant improvements in child adaptive behaviour and symptoms of autism for low-functioning children. (As Provided)

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Journal/Publication : Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice

Domain/s: Education

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