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A controlled trial of a training course for parents of children with suspected autism spectrum disorder

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Helen McConachie, Donna Hammal, Professor Ann Le Couteur


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Objective: To evaluate a training course for parents, designed to help them understand autism spectrum disorder and to facilitate social communication with their young child. Study design: Controlled trial for 51 children aged 24 to 48 months, whose parents received either immediate intervention or delayed access to the course. Outcome was measured 7 months after recruitment in parents' use of facilitative strategies, stress, adaptation to the child; and in children's vocabulary size, behavior problems, and social communication skills. Results: Taking into account scores at recruitment, child's level of ability, diagnostic grouping, and the interval between assessments, a significant advantage was found for the intervention group in parents' observed use of facilitative strategies and in children's vocabulary size. Conclusions: The training course is well received by parents and has a measurable effect on both parents' and children's communication skills. Copyright © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): McConachie H, Randle V, Hammal D, Le Couteur A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Pediatrics

Year: 2005

Volume: 147

Issue: 3

Pages: 335-340

Print publication date: 01/09/2005

ISSN (print): 0022-3476

ISSN (electronic): 1097-6833

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2005.03.056

PubMed id: 16182672


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