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Project Title

Project Title

1/5-Randomized trial of parent training for young children with autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Scahill, Lawrence

Description

Description

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.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

447909

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2010-2014

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

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.

Project Link

Project Link

1/5-Randomized trial of parent training for young children with autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Yale University

State/Country

State/Country

Connecticut

Project Number

Project Number

1R01MH081148-01A2

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

N/A

 
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