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


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.


Autism spectrum disorder; Disruptive behavior; Parent training; Telehealth

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