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J Autism Dev Disord. 2018 Apr;48(4):1020-1030. doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3363-2.

Feasibility of Parent Training via Telehealth for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Disruptive Behavior: A Demonstration Pilot.

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1
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Seattle Children's Autism Center, University of Washington, 4909 25th Ave NE, Seattle, WA, USA. kbearss@uw.edu.
2
Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, 1920 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA, USA.
3
Marcus Autism Center, 1920 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA, USA.
4
University of Missouri-Saint-Louis, One University Boulevard, 325 Stadler Hall, St. Louis, MO, 63121, USA.
5
Georgia Tech Research Institute, 260 14th St NW, Rm 456, Atlanta, GA, 30318, USA.

Abstract

Telehealth is a potential solution to limited access to specialized services for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in rural areas. We conducted a feasibility trial of parent training with children ages 3-8 with ASD and disruptive behavior from rural communities. Fourteen children (mean age 5.8 ± 1.7) from four telehealth sites enrolled. Thirteen families (92.9%) completed treatment, with 91.6% of core sessions attended. Therapists attained 98% fidelity to the manual and 93% of expected outcome measures were collected at week 24. Eleven of 14 (78.6%) participants were rated as much/very much improved. Parent training via telehealth was acceptable to parents and treatment could be delivered reliably by therapists. Preliminary efficacy findings suggests further study is justified.

KEYWORDS:

Autism spectrum disorder; Disruptive behavior; Parent training; Telehealth

PMID:
29170938
DOI:
10.1007/s10803-017-3363-2

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