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J Autism Dev Disord. 2013 Mar;43(3):540-55. doi: 10.1007/s10803-012-1584-y.

A parent-mediated intervention to increase responsive parental behaviors and child communication in children with ASD: a randomized clinical trial.

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Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA. msiller@hunter.cuny.edu

Abstract

Longitudinal research has demonstrated that responsive parental behaviors reliably predict subsequent language gains in children with autism spectrum disorder. To investigate the underlying causal mechanisms, we conducted a randomized clinical trial of an experimental intervention (Focused Playtime Intervention, FPI) that aims to enhance responsive parental communication (N = 70). Results showed a significant treatment effect of FPI on responsive parental behaviors. Findings also revealed a conditional effect of FPI on children's expressive language outcomes at 12-month follow up, suggesting that children with baseline language skills below 12 months (n = 24) are most likely to benefit from FPI. Parents of children with more advanced language skills may require intervention strategies that go beyond FPI's focus on responsive communication.

PMID:
22825926
PMCID:
PMC3511916
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-012-1584-y
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