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Autism. 2016 Jan;20(1):85-95. doi: 10.1177/1362361314568900. Epub 2015 Feb 25.

Feasibility of an empirically based program for parents of preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder.

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1
University of Maryland, USA sdababnah@ssw.umaryland.edu.
2
Brandeis University, USA.

Abstract

This article reports on the feasibility of implementing an existing empirically based program, The Incredible Years, tailored to parents of young children with autism spectrum disorder. Parents raising preschool-aged children (aged 3-6 years) with autism spectrum disorder (N = 17) participated in a 15-week pilot trial of the intervention. Quantitative assessments of the program revealed fidelity was generally maintained, with the exception of program-specific videos. Qualitative data from individual post-intervention interviews reported parents benefited most from child emotion regulation strategies, play-based child behavior skills, parent stress management, social support, and visual resources. More work is needed to further refine the program to address parent self-care, partner relationships, and the diverse behavioral and communication challenges of children across the autism spectrum. Furthermore, parent access and retention could potentially be increased by providing in-home childcare vouchers and a range of times and locations in which to offer the program. The findings suggest The Incredible Years is a feasible intervention for parents seeking additional support for child- and family-related challenges and offers guidance to those communities currently using The Incredible Years or other related parenting programs with families of children with autism spectrum disorder.

KEYWORDS:

The Incredible Years; autism spectrum disorder; early intervention; family functioning and support; interventions—psychosocial/behavioral; parent stress; parent training; preschool children

PMID:
25717131
DOI:
10.1177/1362361314568900
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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