A new study has found that a training course helps parents of kids with ASD manage their children’s behavior.
The study was led by Dr. Lawrence Seahill, PhD, of the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University. The results showed that a parent training program was more effective than education in reducing disruptive behaviors among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
“The current study is … the first large-scale randomized trial designed to test the efficacy of parent training for young children with ASD and disruptive behavioral problems,” Dr. Scahill and team wrote.
For the study, the researchers examined 180 children with ASD between the ages of 3 and 7. Parents were randomply selected to receive parent training or education.
The parents in the training group attended 16 weeks of core sessions with home visits and parent-child coaching for 16 weeks. During 8 weeks of follow up, there were two phone sessions and one home visit. The parents in the education group only received information about ASD and current treatments.