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J Autism Dev Disord. 2010 Dec;40(12):1447-58. doi: 10.1007/s10803-010-1004-0.

Randomized controlled trial of the focus parent training for toddlers with autism: 1-year outcome.

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Karakter Child and Adolescent Psychiatry University Centre, Reinier Postlaan 12, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. i.oosterling@karakter.com

Abstract

This randomized controlled trial compared results obtained after 12 months of nonintensive parent training plus care-as-usual and care-as-usual alone. The training focused on stimulating joint attention and language skills and was based on the intervention described by Drew et al. (Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatr 11:266-272, 2002). Seventy-five toddlers with autism spectrum disorder (65 autism, 10 PDD-NOS, mean age = 34.4 months, SD = 6.2) were enrolled. Analyses were conducted on a final sample of 67 children (lost to follow-up = 8). No significant intervention effects were found for any of the primary (language), secondary (global clinical improvement), or mediating (child engagement, early precursors of social communication, or parental skills) outcome variables, suggesting that the 'Focus parent training' was not of additional value to the more general care-as-usual.

PMID:
20440639
PMCID:
PMC2980624
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-010-1004-0
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