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J Autism Dev Disord. 2014 Feb;44(2):353-65. doi: 10.1007/s10803-013-1874-z.

The impact of parent-delivered intervention on parents of very young children with autism.

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Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, UW Autism Center, University of Washington, Box 357920, Seattle, WA, 98195, USA,


This study investigated the impact of a parent-coaching intervention based on the Early Start Denver Model (P-ESDM) on parenting-related stress and sense of competence. This was part of a multisite, randomized trial comparing P-ESDM (n = 49) with community intervention (n = 49) for children aged 12 and 24 months. The P-ESDM group reported no increase in parenting stress, whereas the Community group experienced an increase over the same 3-month period. Parental sense of competence did not differ. Number of negative life events was a significant predictor of parenting stress and sense of competence across both groups. This suggests that a parent-coaching intervention may help maintain parental adjustment directly after a child is diagnosed with ASD.

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