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Project Title

Project Title

Efficacy of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with ASD

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Handen, Benjamin

Description

Description

Young children with ASD often present with a range of behavior problems, including aggression, tantrums and difficulty transitioning between activities. Interventions based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA) have been shown to offer an effective means of addressing many of these concerns. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a research-supported parent coaching intervention that has been found to be highly effective among typically developing preschoolers presenting with a range of mental health concerns. It also holds considerable promise as a potentially effective treatment for children with ASD. The focus of PCIT is to both improve parent-child interactions and to reduce child behavior problems. PCIT involves the coaching of parents in real-time using a one-way mirror and a “bug-in-the ear device” that allows the therapist to provide feedback and directions to the parent while interacting with his/her child. The first goal of this project is to determine if the PCIT treatment manual can be successfully utilized for preschoolers with ASD and their parents and to evaluate the manual’s ability to decrease problem behavior. It is expected that the current manual will require few modifications for use among preschoolers with ASD. The second aim of this project is to demonstrate that parents and children who undergo PCIT training will see greater improvement on measures of behavior and parenting stress than a group of parents and children who are placed on a treatment waiting list (i.e., do not receive immediate treatment). The investigators plan to recruit a total of 20 families of children with ASD (ages 2.6-6 years) who will be randomized (like flipping a coin) to either PCIT training or a wait-list control group. Treatment will involve 20 weekly, one-hour parent-child coaching sessions. In the future, the investigators are interested in extending research on PCIT to include school-age children with ASD and intellectual disability and to also assess the individual and combined efficacy of PCIT and psychopharmacological treatment in this population. - See more at: http://science.grants.autismspeaks.org/search/grants/efficacy-parent-child-interaction-therapy-asd#sthash.gvJnhcRt.dpuf

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

49214

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2014-2016

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 4SC. Test safety and efficacy of at least five widely used interventions (e.g., nutrition, medications, assisted technologies, sensory integration, medical procedures) that have not been rigorously studied for use in ASD by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $27,800,000 over 5 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Efficacy of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with ASD (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of Pittsburgh

State/Country

State/Country

Pennsylvania

Project Number

Project Number

8807

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Efficacy of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with ASD | 30000 | 2014 | 8807

 
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