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2/5-Randomized trial of parent training for young children with autism  

There is general agreement that intervention in the preschool years can reduce the long-term disability of children with pervasive developmental disorders (PDD), but the required components and optimal intensity of these programs remain unclear and recommended behavioral and educational treatments are not available in all communities. Moreover, preschool interventions often focus only on the child, leaving parents to manage the child's behavior on their own. Thus, although the role of parents as partners in the treatment team is universally acknowledged, few studies have tested parent-based interventions and large-scale interventions are non-existent. This project includes a five-site study to compare parent training to psychoeducation in 180 preschool-age children with PDD. Eligible subjects will be randomly assigned to receive either Parent Training (PT) or Psychoeducational Intervention (PEP) over 6 months. The primary outcomes are the change in the child's irritable and noncompliant behavior rated by the parent. Overall improvement and gains in adaptive functioning (social, communication, and daily living skill domains) will be assessed by a rater who is blind to treatment assignment. Parent-child interaction will be assessed in a semi-structured lab sequence by blinded raters. The effects of PT on parental stress and the possible moderating effects of concurrent interventions will also be explored. This trial is designed to provide information on optimal practices for educating parents to be effective teachers and advocates for their young children. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $230,104.00
Current Award Period 2010-2014
Project Number 1R01MH081105-01A2
Principal Investigator Lecavalier, Luc
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help? (Treatments)
Subcategory Behavioral
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 4SD. Complete two multi-site randomized controlled trials of comprehensive early intervention that address core symptoms, family functioning and community involvement by 2013. IACC Recommended Budget: $16,700,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution The Ohio State University
State/Country Ohio
Web Link 1 2/5-Randomized trial of parent training for young children with autism (External web link)
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