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A randomised group comparison controlled trial of 'preschoolers with autism': a parent education and skills training intervention for young children with autistic disorder

Tonge, Bruce, Brereton, Avril, Kiomall, Melissa, Mackinnon, Andrew and Rinehart, Nicole J 2014, A randomised group comparison controlled trial of 'preschoolers with autism': a parent education and skills training intervention for young children with autistic disorder, Autism, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 166-177, doi: 10.1177/1362361312458186.

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Title A randomised group comparison controlled trial of 'preschoolers with autism': a parent education and skills training intervention for young children with autistic disorder
Author(s) Tonge, Bruce
Brereton, Avril
Kiomall, Melissa
Mackinnon, Andrew
Rinehart, Nicole JORCID iD for Rinehart, Nicole J orcid.org/0000-0001-6109-3958
Journal name Autism
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 166
End page 177
Total pages 12
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, California
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1362-3613
1461-7005
Keyword(s) autism
autism spectrum disorders
parent education
evidence-based
preschoolers
Summary Aim
To determine the effect of parent education on adaptive behaviour, autism symptoms and cognitive/language skills of young children with autistic disorder.

Method
A randomised group comparison design involving a parent education and counselling intervention and a parent education and behaviour management intervention to control for parent skills training and a control sample. Two rural and two metropolitan regions were randomly allocated to intervention groups (n = 70) or control (n = 35). Parents from autism assessment services in the intervention regions were randomly allocated to parent education and behaviour management (n = 35) or parent education and counselling (n = 35).

Results
Parent education and behaviour management resulted in significant improvement in adaptive behaviour and autism symptoms at 6 months follow-up for children with greater delays in adaptive behaviour. Parent education and behaviour management was superior to parent education and counselling. We conclude that a 20-week parent education programme including skills training for parents of young children with autistic disorder provides significant improvements in child adaptive behaviour and symptoms of autism for low-functioning children.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1362361312458186
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Sage Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30059225

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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