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J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 Oct;45(10):3168-82. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2474-x.

Managing repetitive behaviours in young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD): pilot randomised controlled trial of a new parent group intervention.

Author information

1
Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorders Service, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Walkergate Park, Benfield Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 4QD, UK. victoria.grahame@ntw.nhs.uk.
2
Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
3
Complex Neurodevelopmental Disorders Service, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Walkergate Park, Benfield Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 4QD, UK.
4
Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Abstract

Early intervention for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) tends to focus on enhancing social-communication skills. We report the acceptability, feasibility and impact on child functioning of a new 8 weeks parent-group intervention to manage restricted and repetitive behaviours (RRB) in young children with ASD aged 3-7 years. Forty-five families took part in the pilot RCT. A range of primary and secondary outcome measures were collected on four occasions (baseline, 10, 18 and 24 weeks) to capture both independent ratings and parent-reported changes in RRB. This pilot established that parents were willing to be recruited and randomised, and the format and content of the intervention was feasible. Fidelity of delivery was high, and attendance was 90 %. A fully powered trial is now planned.

KEYWORDS:

Clinical global impression of improvement; Parent group intervention; Randomised controlled trial; Restricted and repetitive behaviour

PMID:
26036646
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-015-2474-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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